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    VCU knocks Off Hokies, 5-2
    Virginia Tech ends season 14-5-3
    November 26, 2003

    RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team saw its season come to a close at the hands of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the NCAA Tournament Second Round Wednesday night. The Rams scored a goal just 1:05 into the match and never looked back, beating the Hokies 5-2.

    Virginia Tech ends its season 14-5-3, while the Rams (17-4-0) advance to the third round at Indiana on Sunday.

    The Hokies fell behind 3-0 in the first 20 minutes as VCU's Matthew Delicate scored two goals and McColm Cephas added a goal. At 27:51, however, the Hokies got on the scoreboard when senior Bobby O'Brien netted his 15th goal of the year after a pass from freshman Brent Dillie. O'Brien's goal tied Ray Crittenden's 1988 record of 15 goals in a season. It was also the 29th of his career, moving him into sixth place in the career record charts.

    The Rams took a 4-1 lead into halftime as Cephas added another goal at 33:16. Cephas scored a hat trick to put his team up 5-1 at 58:23, but the Hokies answered seven mintes later when sophomore Dustin Dyer scored his third goal of the year after an assist from sophomore Peer Rogge. The goal set the final score at 5-2.

    For the match, Virginia Tech had eight shots, while the Rams had 16. Hokie keeper Chase Harrison made five saves but allowed all five goals. The Hokies ended the 2003 season tied for the most wins in the history of the program.

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