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    Hokies Tame Tigers at JMU Tournament, 2-1
    Brent Dillie and Scott Spangler net goals in the win
    September 2, 2005

    Box Score Virginia Tech 2, Towson 1
     
    HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team knocked off the Towson Tigers by a 2-1 margin at the James Madison Tournament Friday evening in the season opener for both teams.

    The Hokies improve to 1-0 while the Tigers fall to 0-1.

    "It was a good victory for us," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "We played well the first 60 minutes, but we lost our composure the last part of the game. We were able to save the victory, which is what matters. All of our kids worked very hard tonight, but we aren't fully together yet. We need to savor the win, but know that we have to play better to continue winning."

    Tech jumped on the board in the 30th minute when junior Eric Vickers (Fort Worth, Texas) chipped a pass to the far post to redshirt sophomore Scott Spangler (Media, Pa.), who headed it past Towson's goalkeeper, Zak Thompson, for a 1-0 lead. Spangler saw his first action since 2003 after redshirting last season.

    "I subbed Scott Spangler in about 25 minutes into the game and the first touch he had he scored," Weiss said.

    The Hokies added their second goal of the match at the 73:33 mark after a corner kick by Magnus Einarsson (Hafnarfjördur, Iceland) was headed out. Senior Dustin Dyer (Ashland, Va.) then took a shot that ricocheted off Thompson. Junior Brent Dillie (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was able to corral it and net what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

    Towson put pressure on the Hokies in the closing minutes, and with just under three minutes left, Pat Healey took a rebound and scored a goal past Tech's senior goalie, Chase Harrison (Huntington, W. Va.).

    Harrison tallied two saves on the night, while Thompson had five in the loss.

    "Overall, we need to keep the ball longer and make fewer mistakes," Weiss said. "We are putting together a team that can win several games.

    "Tonight, Magnus had a consistent performance. The defense was solid for the most part and the freshmen played well. We will take a victory any time that we can."

    The Hokies return to action on Sunday at 3 p.m., on the second day of the tournament, where they will face the host James Madison.

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