Two Hokies Earn All-Region Honors
Nyarko named to the second team; Harrison named to third team
December 13, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech men's soccer players Patrick Nyarko and Chase Harrison recently earned All-South Atlantic Region honors after leading the Hokies to the NCAA Tournament.

Nyarko (Kumasi, Ghana), earned second-team honors while Harrison (Huntington, W. Va.) garnered third-team accolades after finishing the 2005 season at 10-5-5.

Nyarko, a freshman forward, led Tech's potent offense with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Four of his goals were game-winners. On two occasions, Nyarko was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week, College Soccer News Team of the Week and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. Nyarko was named Soccer America National Player of the Week on Nov. 2. A first-team All-ACC performer, he also took home the ACC Freshman of the Year award.

Harrison, a senior goalkeeper, tied the school record for shutouts in a season (eight). He ended his career as one of the best in the program's history. Harrison established a new mark for career shutouts (24) and shutouts in a season (eight) on two occasions. He also ended up first in the record book with a 1.12 goals against average for his career. Harrison also owns the school record for minutes played in a season for a goalkeeper (2,062 set in 2003) and for a career (7,181). He set the school record for consecutive minutes not scored upon (495:03).

During the 2005 season, both Nyarko and Harrison were a part of the school-record seven-match winning streak and a program-best 10-match unbeaten streak. The pair helped the Hokies earn their first-ever top-10 national ranking.