Hokies earn first shutout of season, beat Richmond 1-0
Unbeaten streak ties for second-longest in school history
September 25, 2007

Box Score No. 12 Virginia Tech 1, Richmond 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior forward Stefan Hock scored the lone goal in the 12th-ranked Virginia Tech men's soccer team's 1-0 win over the Richmond Spiders on Tuesday night at Tech Soccer Stadium. The win gave the Hokies their sixth win in the last seven matches and extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches, which ties for the second-longest stretch in school history.

"I thought our effort was good," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "The result was good. We hadn't had a shut out all season and we made that a top goal today so we did a good job. These types of games will strengthen our belief that we can shut out any team."

The Hokies out shot the Spiders 26-9 in the match and also took eight corner kicks, compared to zero for Richmond.

Tech (6-1-1, 1-0-0 ACC) out shot Richmond (3-5) 10-5 in the first half, but the Hokies could not convert any of their six shots on goal in the first 45 minutes. Ten different Hokies attempted shots, six of which were on goal.

In the beginning of the second half, the balanced attack paid off when midfielder Georg Zehender won possession just outside the box then lofted a pass over the head of a Richmond defender that found Hock sprinting in stride toward the goal before he struck a shot from 20 yards out to the far low post at 52:19. The 5-10, 155-pound junior from Aschaffenburg, Germany now leads the team with three goals this season. With the assist, Zehender has a team-high eight points in eight games.

"(Hock) worked hard and created a few chances," Weiss said. "He missed another one at the end that should have been in but overall, it was a very good performance for him."

Tech junior goalkeeper Markus Aigner recorded the first shutout of his career and the first clean sheet for the Hokies this season, by making three saves. The 6-2 junior from Taufkirchen, Germany is now 1-0-1 with a 0.45 goals-against-average in three appearances this season.

The Hokies earned their first shutout since a 1-0 win at Appalachian State on Oct. 24, 2006 and their 30th in five-plus seasons under Weiss.

"Overall, I thought it was a very good performance because these are the type of games that can easily turn into a tie or even a loss," Weiss said. "We kept to our game plan of playing simple, wide and not giving the ball away."

Tech resumes Atlantic Coast Conference action against No. 4 Virginia at 7 p.m. on Friday in Charlottesville, Va.