Hokies fall 3-1 to No. 2 Virginia
Record crowd of 2,711 witnesses grueling match
October 21, 2006 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 19 Virginia Tech men's soccer team put forth a valiant effort Friday night, but couldn't overcome a hat trick by Virginia's Adam Cristman and took a 3-1 loss to the No. 2 Cavaliers in the final ACC home match of the season. After a scoreless but physical first half, senior Brad Collins sent the record crowd of 2,711 fans into a frenzy in the 57th minute when he sent a shot deflecting off a defender and into the net for his fourth score of the year. Junior Ben Nason racked up his team-leading eighth assist on the goal, but the Cavaliers answered right back less than a minute later when an unmarked Cristman headed in a Nico Colaluca corner kick to equalize. "After we went up, our kids relaxed, and you can't do that in this league," head coach Oliver Weiss stressed after the game. "You can't relax for a second. That just killed the momentum and the excitement. I give [Virginia] credit for responding like that. Good teams do that." But the Cavaliers (13-2-0, 5-2-0 ACC) didn't stop there. Cristman recorded his second of the night in the 82nd minute when received a long pass from Matt Poole. The Hokie defense attempted what appeared to be an offsides trap, but did so unsuccessfully and Cristman beat an oncoming Drew Czekanski, who made three saves while taking just his first loss of the season. Cristman wrapped up the scoring in the 86th minute when he fired a shot from the right wing on a breakaway pass from Ian Holder. Virginia out-shot the Hokies 15-7, including a 6- 1 advantage in the first half, and out-cornered Tech 8-4. "That tells the story," Weiss said of the shot differential. "They played a style of soccer that we generally play - very direct - and it increased their chances. We just have to face the fact that it wasn't our night." Virginia Tech falls to 10-5-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the ACC, and will host Appalachian State Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in its last home match of the season. "There's no down time here," Weiss concluded. "We've got to get our legs back and sort some things out for Tuesday. Appalachian State has a good team - it's going to be a dog fight.