Tech powers past Adelphi, 5-1
    Zehender credited with a goal and assist
    September 2, 2007

    Box Score Virginia Tech 5, Adelphi 1
     
    Richmond, Va. - First-year senior Georg Zehender scored a goal and distributed an assist as the Virginia Tech men's soccer team scored early and often for a 5-1 victory over Adelphi in the Nike/Alltel Classic on Sunday afternoon at VCU's SportsBackers Stadium.

    Tech (1-1) earned its first win of the season while five different Hokies scored goals and the defense limited the Panthers to just six shots on goal to show off a balanced attack in each area of the game.

    Zehender, a transfer student from the University of Karlsruhe, scored the first goal of his career at 38:16 after possessing a rebound five yards from the goal and blasting a shot past Adelphi goalkeeper Shane Flanagan to give Tech a secure 3-0 lead.

    Zehender then assisted Patrick Nyarko on the first goal of the second half at 61:34. Zehender fired a cross from the right side of the field and connected with Nyarko in the middle of the box. Nyarko's goal was his first of the season and the 25th of his career, which ties him for ninth-place in career goals scored.

    Stefan Hock struck with the first goal, only 7:06 into the match. The junior forward from Aschaffenburg, Germany scored his first goal as a Hokie after receiving a feed from Ben Nason from the midfield then sprinted on a 15-yard breakaway to give Tech the early advantage.

    Nason tallied his first goal of the season, and the 13th of his career, at 16:29, then James Gilson scored with 1:14 left in the match after a give-and-go with Terry Boland for the Hokies' fifth and final goal. The assists for Boland was his first career point.

    Defensively, the Hokies allowed 12 shots while six of them were on net. Brendan Dunn started in net and played all 90 minutes for the second consecutive match, making five saves for a .833 save percentage.

    Adelphi (0-2) scored after a scramble in front of the Tech net gave Patrick Figueiredo an open look from 10 yards out for the Panthers' lone goal of the day.

    Tech opens its home regular season schedule by hosting the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational next weekend at Tech Soccer Stadium, against Clemson on Friday and St. John's on Saturday. Both matches are set to kick off at 8 p.m.

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