Providence Upsets Hokies in Shootout
Match ends 2-2 in double overtime; Providence wins 4-2 in penalty kicks
November 9, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The visiting seventh seed Providence Friars upset the second seed Virginia Tech Hokies Sunday in the quarterfinal round of the 2003 BIG EAST men's soccer tournament. The match ended in a 2-2 tie after two overtime periods, but the Friars won the match with a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks.

The match officially counts as a tie, leaving the Hokies with a 14-4-2 record. Providence advances to this weekend's BIG EAST semifinals with a record of 6-9-3. The Friars will face third seed Notre Dame.

In the Hokies' longest match of the season, the hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead just 18 minutes into the contest. Freshman Ben Nason set up junior Ken Jonmaire with a pass across the box. Jonmaire went into the air and headed it past Friar keeper Jeff Newman for his sixth goal of the season.

The Friars answered at 26:16 as Ian Wexler sent a ball to the back of the net. He beat Hokie keeper Chase Harrison to a free ball at the top of the box and spun around before slamming a shot to an empty net. In the second half, The Hokies pushed ahead 2-1 at 54:23 when senior Bobby O'Brien scored his 11th goal of the year. O'Brien moved to eighth on the Hokies' career goal list with his 25th. He also moved to eighth in career points with his 70th. Senior Lasse Mertins set O'Brien up on the scoring play, giving him his second assist of the year.

However, the Hokies could not sustain the lead as Providence tied the match with just five minutes left. At 85:22, Zach Tobin blasted a shot that eluded Harrison. Eoin Lynch was credited with the assist on the play. The teams battled evenly throughout the two overtime periods. Virginia Tech managed three shots during the 20-minute span but could not finish. In the shootout period, Providence's Jeff Sawyer netted the fourth and game-clinching penalty kick after the Hokies had misfired on their third attempt.

For the match, Virginia Tech outshot the Friars 25-10 and had 13 corner kicks. Harrison made three saves, while Friar keepers Newman and Chris Konopka combined for five saves.

The Hokies will now wait to see if they will be awarded an at-large berth in this season's NCAA tournament. The selections will be announced on Monday, Nov. 17.