Men's soccer heads to Radford Tuesday night
Hokies and Highlanders to extend 30-year rivalry
October 3, 2006

RADFORD, Va. - When it kicks off against Radford at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team will be facing the Highlanders for the 31st time in team history, making it the most storied rivalry that the program has seen since it became a varsity sport in 1972.

The Hokies and Highlanders first met in 1975 - with Tech winning 6-3 - and have squared off every season since 1983. The Hokies also won the last meeting in 2005 by a score of 4-0, and lead the all-time series 18-10-2.

Tech enters the match with a record of 5-4-1, after taking a tough, 2-1 home loss against North Carolina on Friday. The Hokies dominated in shots and corner kicks, but despite controlling the tempo, it was the Tar Heels that got the deciding goal on a penalty kick with 16 minutes remaining.

Sophomore Patrick Nyarko scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season off an assist from Marcus Reed, who paces the team with a career-high five helpers.

Radford is coming off a 2-1 Big South loss at the hands of UNC Asheville on Friday, and the Highlanders also hold a 5-4-1 record through the first 10 games. They are led by senior Ramon Negron and junior Jeremy DelPino, who have each tallied three goals and an assist.

Hokies fans can follow the game's action live via as Jerry Massey will provide the play-by-play audio broadcast.