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.
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.