Hokies roll by Elon, 5-1
    Nyarko, Reed each score twice
    October 11, 2006

    Box Score VT 5, Elon 1
     
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - A pair of goals from both Patrick Nyarko and Marcus Reed led the Virginia Tech men's soccer team over Elon, 5-1, Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup at the Tech Soccer Stadium. Ben Nason added a score of his own in the 90th minute.

    "It's a great result anytime you get five goals," head coach Oliver Weiss said after the win. "But we coached right to the end of the game because Elon is a good team with eight wins on the season already, and we didn't feel comfortable [with a small lead]."

    Reed scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute on a pass from Nyarko, who drove the left wing to the endline before sending in a sharp cross. Reed chested it past Elon goalkeeper Taylor Saxe for his fourth goal of the season.

    Nyarko responded with a goal of his own in the 32nd minute when he one-timed a cross from Charlie Campbell for his ninth of the season, and the Hokies led at the half, 2-0.

    "Patrick and Marcus were our frontrunners today," Weiss said of his scoring duo. "They did a great job and got us on the board early to set the tone."

    Elon got back in the game early in the second stanza, when Kiki Willis headed home his team-leading sixth goal of the year off a deflection of a Matt Bengston cross in the 51st minute. It was the first time Elon had ever scored against the Hokies in five meetings dating back to 1990. That was as close as the Phoenix (8-6-2) would get, however, as Tech (8-4-1) would go on to score three more times to seal the match.

    "We got better with each passing minute in the game," Weiss said. "And I think the score is justified."

    Nyarko added his team-leading 10th goal in the 58th minute when he took a Craig Brutus pass and weaved through a trio of Elon defenders to make it 3-1.

    Reed then recorded his second of the game in the 75th minute, beating an oncoming Saxe after receiving a long pass from Charlie Howe, who had two assists on the night.

    Nason put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute, scoring after another touchdown pass from Howe that was touched along via Scott Dillie.

    Junior Drew Czekanski made four saves to earn his fourth win, and continues to impress Weiss.

    "He made a couple of key stops that could've easily made it 4-2, 4-3," Weiss said. "He took care of those moments where, as a coach, you can never relax."

    The Hokies take the pitch again Saturday night at 7 p.m., when they host the No. 3 Clemson Tigers in an important ACC showdown.

    "Every game is tough, but they're a final four team from last year," Weiss said of Clemson. "They're a great team and we're looking forward to playing them. Hopefully the crowd will come and support us."
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