Hokies Stop Red Storm, 2-1
Edmans scores first career goal and dishes out assist
September 8, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team followed up its win over No. 19 Clemson with a 2-1 win against St. John's on Saturday night at Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies won their third consecutive match and were led by a balanced offensive attack and stellar defense. The 6-6 junior forward from Essex, England assisted on Tech's opening goal then scored what proved to be the game-winner early in the second half. Edmans is second on the team with four points on a goal and two assists. Tech (3-1, 1-0 ACC) was led throughout the match by Edmans and senior defender Marcus Reed. They both notched their first goals of the season to became the seventh and eighth different Hokies to score in the Tech offensive attack through the first four matches while nine different players have been credited with atleast one point. Reed opened the scoring in the match at the 21:54 mark afer Edmans won a header in the middle of the box and the ball squirted free, giving Reed a clean look at the near post and the Hokies an early 1-0 lead. Edmans struck again in the second half to give the Hokies a little bit of cushion. The ball came loose at midfield in the 59 th minute when he found himself dribbling toward the St. John's with a lot of room to maneuver. Edmans then abruptly fired a shot from 40 yards out that tucked just under the right cross bar to give Tech a 2-0 lead at 58:50. Edman's goal would prove more valuable when St. John's (1-2-1) finally got on the board at 76:40. Jeff Stepan collected a defelection of an Alex Paszek shot and connected on a hard, low shot for the Red Storm's only goal of the night. Aside from the glitch in the 77th minute, the Hokie defense was strong throughout. Tech limited St. John's to only three shots in the first half and 11 for the match. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Dunn moved to 3-1 in net, by making seven saves in his fourth straight match in net to open the season. The Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational concludes with VCU vs. Clemson at 1:30 p.m. in Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies next match will kick off the men's college game of the week coverage on Fox Soccer Channel against Tulsa at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 14 in Tulsa, Okla., as part of the Great Western Plaza Hurricane Classic.