Hokies Wrap Up Second Place In the BIG EAST
Hokies defeat Providence 1-0, host Friars in tournament quarterfinals on Nov. 9
November 2, 2003

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team wrapped up second place in the BIG EAST Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory at Providence College. The Hokies, winners of five of their last six matches, finished the conference ledger 7-3-0 and are 13-4-1 overall, leaving them just one win shy of a school record for victories in a season.

The second-place and 23rd ranked Hokies are now scheduled to host the Providence Friars, the seventh seed, next Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in the BIG EAST tournament quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the semifinals in Storrs, Conn. on Nov. 14.

In Sunday's match, the Hokies outshot the host Friars 16-9 but needed a successful penalty kick try to put the match away. Senior Bobby O'Brien netted his ninth goal of the year and 23rd of his career at 67:32 on a penalty kick for the Hokies' lone goal. It marked the second consecutive match Virginia Tech had scored a penalty kick attempt.

Sophomore goalkeeper Chase Harrison played in the clutch for the Hokies, stopping seven Friar shot attempts, including five in the second half. He recorded his fifth solo shutout of the season. Freshman Scott Spangler and junior Ken Jonmaire led the Hokies with three shots each.

Before the tournament next weekend, the Hokies are scheduled to wrap up the regular season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Liberty visits for a 7 p.m. match at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.