Hokies drop 4-3 heartbreaker to Wolfpack at ACC Championships
Nyarko named first-team All-ACC; Campbell named to All-Freshman team
October 31, 2006

Box Score N.C. State 4, VT 3
GERMANTOWN, Md. - A Brent Dillie goal at 86:09 gave the Virginia Tech men's soccer team a 3-2 lead Tuesday afternoon in the opening game of the ACC Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex, but N.C. State's Ronnie Bouemboue scored twice within the following two minutes to complete a hat trick and advance the Wolfpack on to the next round by a score of 4-3.

First-team All-ACC member Patrick Nyarko played a role in all three scores for the Hokies, netting the first two himself before assisting on Dillie's. Scott Spangler, Ben Nason and Marcus Reed also recorded assists for Tech (11-7-1).

It was an up-and-down second half, as all seven goals came following the intermission. Only six shots were attempted in the first stanza, as compared to 23 in the second.

"The first half was a dull affair," head coach Oliver Weiss said following the game. "The teams were testing each other out."

Bouemboue started off the scoring in the 48th minute with his first goal for N.C. State (6-9-1), which was followed by a El Hadj Cisse penalty kick in the 51st.

"In the second half, we came out very flat and gave up two goals," Weiss said. "Then we got back in the game and got the lead back before relaxing again. This was probably our worst game of the year in terms of mental attitude and respect."

Nyarko was able to tie things up at two apiece with his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the 53rd and 64th minutes, respectively. The first came on a Spangler cross from the right side of the box that found Nyarko in front of the goal. The equalizer came when Nason sent a long pass from the Hokie defensive half to Reed, who then sent a cross from the right wing to Nyarko.

The assist for Nason increased his season total to 10, which is good for third on the Hokies' all-time list.

Just over 22 minutes passed before the next flurry of goals, when Nyarko took a shot in the 87th minute that Wolfpack goalkeeper Tom DeStefano saved. The rebound came back to Nyarko, who dished it to Dillie, who scored his fourth of the season and put the Hokies up 3-2.

Nyarko currently has 15 goals and eight assists for 38 points on the season. The 15 goals ties him with Bobby O'Brien ('03) and Ray Crittenden ('88) as the highest-ever single-season total in school history. The 38 points puts him first on that list, just ahead of Jason Entlich's 37 from 1993.

Nyarko's season efforts earned him first-team All-ACC honors for the second year in row, as announced Monday, and he also won the Freshman of the Year award in 2005. Additionally, freshman Charlie Campbell was named to the conference's All-Freshman team after tallying seven assists and a goal in 18 games started.

"Patrick was one of the few players who showed up today," Weiss said. "He scored two goals and assisted on the other, and he should've had even more."

Bouemboue answered Dillie's goal just 17 seconds later, however, and followed that up with his third - and the Wolfpack's decisive fourth - in the 88th minute.

"It was very heartbreaking to go through a rollercoaster game like this," Weiss said. I give N.C. State all the credit for not giving up. They certainly deserved the win today."

The Hokie must now sit and wait to learn of their NCAA Tournament fate. The bracket will be unveiled on the evening of Monday, Nov. 6.