No. 5 Virginia Tech earns second consecutive shutout, 3-0 against NC State
Nyarko distributes two assists
November 3, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - No. 5 Virginia Tech allowed only seven shots in its 3-0 win against North Carolina State on Saturday night at Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies surrendered only one shot on goal in their 10th win of the season. This is the fifth 10-plus win season for the Hokies since head coach Oliver Weiss took over in 2002. Tech (10-1-5, 3-0-4 ACC) got three goals from three different players in their third Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season, the first coming by shutout. Tech's second consecutive shut out win is their first stretch of consecutive clean sheets since a four-game stretch between Oct. 4 and 15, 2005. However, it took the Hokies a while to maintain control of the tempo in the match. "When you look at the shot total, we outshot them 13-7, so it looked like it was a pretty comfortable win," Weiss said. "But as you saw the game unfold it was pretty dicey in the beginning, NC State (6-7-3, 1-5-1 ACC) could have scored a goal or two. We got a boost from players who had been battling injuries. Patrick Nyarko and James Gilson helped tremendously." The Hokies eventually out shot the Wolfpack 5-3 in the opening half, but Charlie Campbell finally converted what would prove to be the game-winning goal 33:21 into the match. Alexander Baden had a shot blocked which went through a crowd before Campbell found himself with a clean look at the net for his first goal of the season. The midfielder from Mundelein, Ill., now has two career goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Campbell's goal shifted the momentum in Tech's favor, and its defense responded by tightening up in the second half, allowing even fewer opportunities for the NC State attack. "I give my team credit for absorbing that and not getting rattled, and putting a stop to [the Wolfpack attack]," Weiss said. "They just figured out what needed to be figured out that El Hadj Cisse needs to be covered all the time. We did a much better job in defense in the second half. [NC State] had very few chances." Markus Aigner, a junior goalkeeper from Taufkirchen, Germany, benefited from solid play by his teammates in front of him. Aigner only had to make one save for his second shutout of the season. He improved to 5-0-5 in net during his first 11 appearances. The Hokies added some insurance to their 1-0 lead early in the second half when Nyarko took over the action with two assists along with drawing a penalty kick at 86:01. Nyarko dribbled to the end line and stopped to find Ben Nason with a beautiful cross to the center of the box for a goal at 56:07. Nason now has four goals this season and 16 in his 78-match career. The final mark of the night was made when Nyarko dribbled through a crowd before weaving a pass to a striding Georg Zehender at 60:10. Zehender's fourth goal of the year gives him 14 points. Nyarko, a Kumasi, Ghana native, now has 20 career assists and is now tied with Chris Chladek (1993-96) for fifth place on the school's all-time career list. The Hokies travel to first-place Boston College on Friday in search of a school record fourth ACC win. The match in Chestnut Hill, Mass., kicks off at 7 p.m.