Bentley scores two goals as Tech wins at Appalachian State, 5-0
Hokie defense posts third shutout
October 31, 2007

Box Score Virginia Tech 5, Appalachian State 0
BOONE, N.C. - In only his second appearance of the season, freshman midfielder Clarke Bentley scored two goals to help the Virginia Tech men's soccer team to a 5-0 win at Appalachian State on Tuesday in their final non-conference road match of the regular season.

Tech (9-1-5, 2-0-4 ACC) is now 7-1-1 in non-conference matches and is in the midst of a school record 14-match unbeaten streak. The Hokies have gone 9-0-5 since Aug. 31, outscoring their opponents, 38-14.

The Hokies have gone through two full months of play without suffering a loss for the first time in school history. There have been only three unbeaten full months in the program's 36 seasons: This season, Tech finished 3-0-3 in October and 6-0-2 in September, while the 2005 team went 8-0-1 in October.

Bentley took advantage of his opportunity on the pitch and came up with the first goals of his career midway through the second half with Tech already up 2-0. The Marietta, Ga., native added to the Hokie lead when he possessed a rebound off a Jonathan Collier shot for the first score of his career at 53:53.

Bentley kept Tech's momentum going a little more than 11 minutes later when senior co-captain Ben Nason found him with a pass through the box. Bentley got a foot on it and converted his second career goal from six yards out at 64:57 to build the Hokie advantage to 4-0.

His two-tally performance was the third multiple-goal match for a Tech player this season. Terry Boland had two goals on Sept. 16 against Oral Roberts, while Robert Edmans scored twice against Wake Forest.

Edmans capped the scoring with his team-high sixth goal of the season at 75:56. Dillie found the 6-6 Essex, England native, on a breakaway to set the final margin at 5-0.

The Hokies out shot the Mountaineers in the second half, 10-3, and earned a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks. Tech is 5-0-1 this season when scoring three or more goals.

After going scoreless for the first 30:00 of play, the Hokies broke the ice when Jonathan Collier flicked a Brent Hooper header into the net for the first goal of his career at 36:32. Stefan Hock was also credited with an assist on the play, the first of his career.

Scott Dillie then converted his third goal in the last five matches from six yards out just 2:10 into the second half, after gaining control of a blocked Scott Spangler shot at 47:10.

The Hokies out shot the Mountaineers, 16-8, for the match and limited Appalachian State (6-8-3) to just two shots on goal. Tech goalkeepers Markus Aigner and Brendan Dunn combined in a shutout for the second time this season. Aigner made two saves in 68:27 of action to earn the win, while Dunn held the Mountaineers scoreless for the final 21:30 of the match. The Tech defense has earned shutout victories over Richmond, VMI, and Appalachian State.

Tech hosts North Carolina State at 7 p.m. on Saturday in its final Atlantic Coast Conference home match of the regular season.