Hokies drop 3-1 decision to Eagles
Campbell converts second goal of season
November 17, 2007

Box Score No. 6 Boston College 3, No. 8 Virginia Tech 1
CARY, N.C. - Sophomore midfielder Charlie Campbell scored his second goal of the season, but the eighth-ranked Virginia Tech men's soccer team lost to sixth-ranked Boston College, 3-1, in an Atlantic Coast Conference Semifinal match on Friday night at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C.

With the loss, Tech (11-3-5) dropped to 3-1-0 in neutral site matches this season and the Hokies are now 8-14-4 versus the top 10 and 14-19-7 against the top 25 since 2002.

"[Boston College] scored some very good goals," head coach Oliver Weiss. "[Boston College] got very good rolls, especially with the own goal, but the build up was awesome. We just were not [playing with enough] quality to win the game tonight. If you want to win against top-ranked teams, then you have to play well and we did not do that tonight."

Senior midfielder Scott Spangler gained possession in the left corner, then Alexander Baden deflected the cross before Campbell converted his second goal of the season at 25:46. Campbell not only increased his point total to nine, but gave the Hokies a 1-0 advantage early in the first half.

"[Scoring a goal] was exciting, but I wish we could have earned the win," Campbell said. "It was a good experience, but it would have been much better if we would have won. I just wish my goal would have come later in the game."

"After the goal, I started to pick up my play a little bit. I was disappointed with how they came back with two goals. We just kept on fighting in the second half, so we got a lot more chances. But when BC got the third goal that kind of put the match out of reach for us."

Unfortunately, the Hokies could not continue to build on their momentum. Boston College (14-4-1) followed with a pair of goals just about three minutes later. Paul Gerstenberger scored at 28:47 when he launched a shot off a Tech defender for the equalizer.

"We tried to put some offense together [in the second half], but they broke our backs," Weiss said. "We had a chance early in the half, but we shot too early."

The Eagles went on from their initial score to take the lead with their second goal less than four minutes later. Gerstenberger launched a cross from the left side of the box and found Sherron Manswell with an open look from just three yards out.

The Eagles iced the game with Manswell's second goal off a corner kick taken by Ryan Sherman at 70:12. "[Playing defense] is something you have to do to win a championship. It's very disappointing. The better team won tonight. They took their chances, and that is that."

Despite allowing three goals, Tech junior goalkeeper Markus Aigner kept the Hokies in the game early with a pair of impressive saves. Aigner made a diving save to his left to rob a Shawn Chin shot to the far post early in the match at 7:09. The Eagles got another chance when Chin connected on a cross with Manswell just a few minutes later.

The 64-team NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship field will be announced on ESPNews at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.