No. 12 Tech Powers Past No. 5 Virginia 2-1 In Overtime
Nyarko scores both goals; Harrison is credited with an assist
October 29, 2005 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In the 98th minute of play, Virginia Tech freshman forward Patrick Nyarko (Kuntase, Ghana) found a loose ball off of a deflection by Cavalier goalie, Ryan Burke, and sent it into the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season, leading the No. 12 Hokies to a 2-1 victory over in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia in front of 3,428 fans. The win brings Tech's record to 10-3-4 overall and 3-1-3 in the ACC. Fifth-ranked Virginia's record drops to 11-3-2 overall and 5-2-0 in conference play. Nyarko tallied both goals on the night for the Hokies. His second score marked his fourth game-winning goal of the season. In the 82nd minute, UVa's Ian Holder's header beat the Hokies' Chase Harrison (Huntington, W. Va.) for a 1-0 advantage. Adam Cristman and Matt Poole were both credited with an assist on the play. Holder's goal was his third of the season. Harrison gathered the ball in the 85th minute and punted it to a streaking Nyarko, who beat a defender and promptly tied the game, 1-1, at the 85:03 mark. Harrison was awarded an assist on the play, which was the second of his career. His first came in 2004 against James Madison. After neither team was able to score again in regulation, the Hokies applied the offensive pressure in overtime, totaling five shots in the extra session while not giving the Cavaliers a scoring opportunity. At 97:13, Nyarko ended the game with his second goal of the match. Burke deflected a header out of the box, but Nyarko gathered the ball and flicked a shot far post for the win. For the game, Burke tallied two saves while Tech was credited with two team saves. The Hokies out-shot the Cavaliers 12-9 in the contest. Tech amassed four shots on goal while Virginia had three. The win moves the Hokies into third place in the ACC, just behind Maryland and Virginia. It also marks the first loss for the Cavaliers in Klöckner Stadium on the season. Tech's victory was its second straight over a top-five Virginia team. Last season, the Hokies upset the No. 2 Cavaliers on Senior Night at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium by a 2-1 score. This was the third event of the Commonwealth Challenge presented by Adelphia. It was the first win for the Hokies, giving them one point for the victory. The Cavaliers lead the competition 1.5 to 1. The Hokies return to action on Friday, Nov. 4, as they host the Terrapins of Maryland at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. Game-time is slated for 7 p.m., on Senior Night. The match is the regular-season finale for both squads.