August 31, 2008
Yamashita nets the game-winner to lead Hokies past Huskies 2-1
Yamashita and Akogyeram score one goal each
PORTLAND, Ore. - Freshman Luiz Yamashita scored his first career goal in the 106th minute in overtime to lead the 10th-ranked Hokies (1-0-1) to a 2-1 win over Washington (0-2-0). Fellow freshman Emmanuel Akogyeram netted his second goal of the season for Tech. Senior Scott Dillie was named defensive MVP of the Pilots Nike Classic.
"The team again showed great composure to overcome adversity after the first goal by Washington," said head coach Oliver Weiss. "We found a way to tie the game and had to play the rest of the match without Akogyeram, who was sent off in the extra period."
In the first half of play the Husky junior Jo Jo Katz scored in the third minute of the contest. The goal was taken from about 12 yards out and hit off the cross bar into the back of the net, giving Washington a 1-0 advantage.
Tech answered in the 20th minute to tie the game 1-1. Akogyeram received a pass from sophomore Clarke Bentley and was left one-on-one with Husky junior goalkeeper Ryan Hawkins. The freshman beat his counterpart with a shot to the lower right corner to put the Hokies on the scoreboard.
The teams concluded regulation tied 1-1.
In the first overtime period, Akogyeram was sent off after receiving a red card for Tech. The team was left to play the rest of the match a man down.
The Hokies took the lead when junior Terry Boland hit Yamashita with a pass. The Miami, Fla., native finished the job, scoring from six yards out to give Tech the 2-1 victory.
"Overall the whole team played very well and showed great courage during some crucial and controversial calls," said Weiss.
The Hokies held a 14-11 advantage in shots, while Washington was awarded 10 corners to Tech's five.
Junior goalkeeper Brendan Dunn played 105:51 between the pipes, making five saves in the match.
Next up for the Hokies is a match on September 5 at 8:30 p.m. against Hofstra at the newly dedicated Sandy D. Thompson Soccer Field in Blacksburg, Va.
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