No. 19 men's soccer defeats Davidson, 4-2
Hokies win fifth-straight match, host No. 4 Virginia Friday
October 17, 2006 DAVIDSON, N.C. - Back in the national rankings for the first time in three weeks following three wins in six days, the No. 19 Virginia Tech men's soccer team continued its winning ways Tuesday night with a 4-2 road win at Davidson. With the victory, the Hokies (10-4-1, 2-3-1 ACC) now have a season-high five-game winning streak, and have equaled their win total from a year ago. It was the 600th contest played since the program began in 1972. "It was a great effort under the circumstances," head coach Oliver Weiss remarked after the game, one that was delayed a half an hour after the Hokies arrived late due to traffic. "We didn't have much time to warm up, and there was a heavy, constant rain." Tech got goals from usual suspects Patrick Nyarko, Marcus Reed and Ben Nason, but it was Kevin McFadden's first score of the season that sparked the team when it needed it most. Nyarko headed in his 13th score of the year in just the 4th minute off of a Charlie Campbell corner kick, but Davidson's Tom Lavan tied it at one in the 12th minute. McFadden, who contributed three goals and four assists as a freshman last year but has missed much of the season due to a bout with mono, came off the bench and kick-started the Hokies right before the half with his first goal of 2006. He fired a low strike from just inside the 18 in the 45th minute to give Tech a lead at the intermission. Nyarko and Nason assisted on the play. "Kevin came in and gave us a lift when we were dragging," Weiss said. "It was crucial to get that goal right before halftime." Tech increased its lead to 4-1 by the midway point of the second stanza, with Reed taking a Nyarko through ball and netting his sixth of the year, and Nason firing a strike through the Davidson goalkeeper's legs for his fifth goal on the season. "The pillars of our team stepped up when they had to," Weiss said of Nyarko, Reed and Nason, who lead the team with 33, 19 and 17 points, respectively. McFadden added an assist on the Nason goal, as did Scott Spangler, who registered his first point of the season. Davidson's Michael Turner capped off the scoring in the 77th minute to make it 4-2. The Hokies' next match comes at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against No. 4 Virginia. The key ACC matchup will follow the women's 5 p.m. game against Maryland.