Hokies battle No. 3 Duke to scoreless tie
    Tech prepares to host No. 7 Wake Forest Friday night
    September 12, 2006

    Box Score VT 0, Duke 0 (2 ot)
     
    DURHAM, N.C. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team went to Duke Tuesday night hoping for at least a tie following a conference-opening loss at Boston College, and they left 110 minutes later with exactly that.

    The No. 15 Hokies (4-1-1, 0-1-1 ACC) endured a full regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods against No. 3 Duke (5-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) to earn a point in the conference standings following a 0-0 tie.

    "Anytime you can get a point in any game, especially against such a quality opponent, you've got to be happy," head coach Oliver Weiss remarked following the draw. "Tonight it was a toss-up either way. They hit the post late in the game, but sometimes it's a game of inches and tonight we held strong when we needed to."

    The teams played an even first half before the Tech defense was tested by the Blue Devils in the second stanza and in overtime. For the game, Duke out-shot the Hokies 16-11 and took eight corner kicks to Tech's four. There were several close calls, including a Blue Devil shot that hit the post in the 105th minute.

    Freshman goalkeeper Brendan Dunn made a career-high six saves in going the distance to earn his second shutout of the season, while the rest of the Hokie defense accomplished what it set out to do.

    "We decided that we had to control their forwards to the tune of a shutout, because if we did that, we would be guaranteed of at least a tie," Weiss explained. "Our supporting cast really stepped up tonight - especially Brad Collins and Jonathan Collier off the bench - and we showed the heart and fight that we need to show every night."

    Weiss also stressed that although he is happy about the outcome, the focus has already been turned to Friday night's home game against No. 7 Wake Forest - the Hokies' third ACC contest in just eight days.

    "It's new ground for us here," Weiss said of the tough stretch. "It certainly doesn't get any easier for us with Wake Forest coming in Friday, but I think tonight's result could manifest itself as something to build on."

    "Hopefully the home crowd will support us [Friday night]," Weiss concluded. "It's going to be a classic."

    Friday's start is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.
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