Thanks to their 7-0-3 stretch since Sept. 2, the Hokies improved to 7-1-3 and tied the 2005 team's 10-match 8-0-2 stretch from Sept. 27 to Oct. 29 for the longest unbeaten streak in the team's 35-year history.
For the match, Tech held a 28-5 advantage in shots and 17-1 edge in shots on goal. The Hokies out shot the Keydets 15-3 in the first half, with 10 on goal. VMI (5-5-1) did not have a starter attempt a single shot on goal, with reserve Wythe Horbal the only Keydet credited with a shot on net.
Junior goalkeeper Markus Aigner played the first 45 minutes and only had to make one save to earn his second victory in his fourth consecutive start. The Taufkirchen, Germany native is now 2-0-3 this season and combined with sophomores Brendan Dunn and Stefan Caulfield in Tech's second shutout of the season.
Patrick Nyarko scored his 28th career goal just 19:32 into the match with a header off a Georg Zehender cross. Nyarko is now second on the team with four goals this season and is second with 11 points, one behind Robert Edmans' 12. Nyarko moved into a seventh-place tie on Tech's all-time career goals list with Fred Silva (1997-2001). The assist from Zehender was one of two he delivered on the afternoon. Zehender now leads the team with six helpers this season.
Ben Nason put the Hokies up 2-0 at the 26:37 mark with an unassisted goal off a one-timer from the top of the box for his third goal of the season. The Stafford, Va., native now has 15 career tallies in 73 appearances.
Scott Dillie followed Nason's goal just 2:20 later by converting a James Gilson shot that was deflected by VMI's goalkeeper Brian Sowell at 28:57. The goal was Dillie's first of the season and fouth of his career while Gilson was credited with his third assist on the year.
An own goal by VMI early in the second half made the match 4-0 and opened the Hokies' five-goal period at 57:49. Goals by Edmans, Brent Hooper and Alexander Baden along with Stefan Hock's team-leading fifth goal of the year gave Tech the final 8-0 margin.
Tech takes a 10-match unbeaten streak along with its 1-0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference record into its 7 p.m. match on Saturday at Maryland on Ludwig Field.