Six Earn All-State Honors
Three Hokies receive first-team recognition
March 31, 2006

RICHMOND, Va. - Six Virginia Tech men's soccer players were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) first or second team. Three earned first-team honors while three more garnered second-team recognition for their efforts during the 2005 season.

"It's an honor and huge accomplishment to place six kids on the all-state team," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "With three on the first team and three on the second team, it shows that the people we play against recognize the talent we have. It's also nice to see the midfielders and defensive players who don't have the offensive statistics to get the recognition they deserve."

Senior goalkeeper Chase Harrison, freshman forward Patrick Nyarko and freshman midfielder Joshua Boateng were named to the first team. Senior midfielder Magnus Einarsson, junior defender Brent Dillie and freshman defender Alexander Baden were named to the second team.

Harrison, a native of Huntington, W. Va., tallied a school-record tying eight saves for the second consecutive season. During the 2005 season, he helped the Hokies set the school record for consecutive minutes not scored upon, which stands at 495:03. He played 1911:32 of a possible 1942:07 minutes in goal. Allowing just 20 goals while stopping 63 shots, Harrison compiled a 0.94 goals against average and a .759 save percentage. He leaves Tech as one of the most accomplished goalies in the school history, owning six school records.

Nyarko, who hails from Kumasi, Ghana, tallied eight goals and six assists for a team-best 22 points. He netted four game-winning goals on the year, three of which came in consecutive games - all 1-0 victories. His fourth game-winner came against No. 5 Virginia, when he tallied both goals in a 2-1 Tech win. For his efforts during the season, Nyarko was named ACC Freshman of the Year. On two occasions, he was also ACC Player of the Week and was on the Soccer America and College Soccer News teams of the week. Nyarko was the Soccer America Player of the Week after netting both goals in the win at Virginia. He was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman Team, the All-ACC first-team and freshman team and the all-South Atlantic region second team.

Boateng, a native of Accra, Ghana, played in 14 matches while starting 10. He tallied five goals and three assists for 13 points. Boateng netted three of his goals in the win over Charleston.

Einarsson, who hails from Hafnarfjördur, Iceland, started all 20 matches and was third on the team with six goals for 12 points. He tallied a .545 shot on goal percentage for the season. Einarsson connected on both penalty kicks that the Hokies had during the season. On two occasions, he scored two goals in a contest. Against Charleston, he scored his third and fourth goal of the year and in the 4-0 win over neighboring Radford, Einarsson put the contest out of reach with the final two goals of the night within an 11-minute span.

Dillie, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was another Hokie player to start all 20 matches for Weiss. He tallied two goals for four points on the year. Both goals were game-winners, including Tech's first win of the season. In the 74th minute of action against Towson in the season opener, Dillie controlled a rebound and connected, helping Tech to a 2-1 win. His second game-winning goal came against Davidson. In the 66th minute, Dillie received a pass from Nyarko on a cross and found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. The Hokies would go on to win the game 2-0. Dillie helped the team finish second in Atlantic Coast Conference games with a goals against average of 1.01.

Baden, who hails from Visselh-vede, Germany, started all 20 matches for Tech during his freshman campaign. He tallied one goal and two assists on the year. At 6-2, he was a huge presence on the Hokies' back line. Baden was a key component of a defense that helped set school records for holding opposing teams without a goal, shutouts in a season and helped Tech's goalkeepers earn the fewest saves in school history.

The Hokies concluded the 2005 season with the program's first-ever first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, earning the 12th seed. The season featured the program's highest-ever ranking when Tech climbed as high as No. 10 for two weeks. The team set school records for consecutive wins and consecutive matches without a loss, finishing the season with a 10-5-5 record and a fourth-place finish in the ACC.