Hokies and Nittany Lions Tie, 0-0
Harrison records three saves
September 11, 2005 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team tied Penn State, 0-0, on the final day of the Virginia Tech Classic Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Tulsa and James Madison played to a 1-1 tie. With the tie, Tech's record stands at 1-2-1 on the season while the Nittany Lions garner a 0-3-1 mark. Most of the game was dominated by stifling defenses, with neither surrendering many scoring opportunities to the opponent. Both squads managed just three shots on goal. One of the best scoring opportunities of the day for Tech was in the closing minutes of the second overtime. Dustin Dyer chipped a ball from the right side of the field into the box, looking for Kevin McFadden, Jr. McFadden, Jr., came flying in from the left side of the box on the cross, looking to connect in the right corner of the goal. However, Penn State's Conrad Taylor came charging out and corralled the ball just before McFadden, Jr., could get his foot on it. When the teams were not near midfield, each team looked to control the ball in their defensive side of the field, as both lost the lead in their respective games on Friday. In the opening half, the Hokies were more aggressive than their counterparts, tallying four shots and pressuring the Nittany Lions' defense on several balls that were played into open space in the Penn State defensive half. The pressure resulted in five corner kicks for Tech in the period. The Hokies' Chase Harrison and Nittany Lions' Taylor each grabbed three saves. In the first game of the day, Tulsa was unable to convert on several chances in the closing minutes of overtime, resulting in a 1-1 tie with James Madison. Tulsa jumped out to a 1-0 lead with under a minute left in the first half. Cary Wicker, who had just entered the game, was fouled in the box by a James Madison defender on a shot, resulting in a penalty kick. Daniel Wasson took the ensuing penalty kick and beat the Dukes' Kevin Trapp with a low shot to the left corner of the goal. James Madison would fight back in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Tristan Murray launched a shot from the top of the box, only to have Dominic Cervi deflect it. Mike Tuddenham received the rebound and promptly played it past Cervi, tying the game at one apiece. Tulsa's Kyle Brown was named the Virginia Tech Classic III MVP. The Hokies return to action on Friday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m., when they face the Eagles of Boston College in the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.