Hokies roll to 7-1 exhibition win over High Point
Stefan Hock has four goals and one assist
August 26, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Newcomer Stefan Hock scored four goals and dished out one assist to lead the Virginia Tech men's soccer team to a 7-1 exhibition win over High Point University on Sunday afternoon at Tech Soccer Stadium. The exhibition match was rescheduled from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon because of inclement weather. "It was great to get a scrimmage in before the opening weekend," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "The effort today confirmed the confidence we have had in ourselves the entire offseason. We need to keep working on our defense, but it was still a nice effort for us." The junior forward from Aschaffenburg, Germany impressed from the start of the match, opening the scoring at the 3:08 mark. Senior midfielder Scott Spangler won possession of the ball in the left corner and fired a cross to Hock in the center of the box. Three more goals from Hock followed within the first 20 minutes of the match. For his second score, he won a battle at midfield and outsprinted the rest of the field players for a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper at 7:24. His third score mirrored the second, this time at 15:07. Hock's final tally of the afternoon came courtesy of Patrick Nyarko, who won possession in the right corner and launched a pass to Hock to give the Hokies a 4-0 cushion at 19:52. However, Hock was not done putting points on the board. He gained possession and found fellow newcomer Terry Boland cutting toward the net for the Hokies' final score at 68:51. Hermann Trophy candidate Patrick Nyarko tacked on two goals as well. He made a series of nice moves from the right corner to set himself with a nice look at the net at the 24-minute mark then opened scoring in the second half at 59:03. Sophomore Brendan Dunn played all 90 minutes in net and saved seven shots while holding the Panthers scoreless for the first 82:21 of the match. HPU's Hilaire Babou put a shot on goal which was initially saved by Dunn but rolled to the right side of the field, giving Alex Parker a clean look for the Panthers' only goal of the match. The Hokies kick off the regular season in the VCU Nike/Alltel Classic against VCU at 7 p.m. on Friday in Richmond, Va.