BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech (1-1-1) men’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Hofstra (1-1-1) in their season home opener. Freshman Luiz Yamashita scored his second goal of his early career in the 71st minute of play.
“We lost our cool and lost our focus in the match,” said head coach Oliver Weiss. “In the second half, playing a man down really opened it up for Hofstra. We have some things we need to address before our match on Sunday.”
In the first half of play the teams were tied 0-0 heading into the second period. Tech outshot the Pride 11-1 and took four corners to the Pride's one. The Hokies kept Hofstra sophomore goalkeeper James Winters busy in the half, registering four shots on goal.
Tech opened the second half playing a man down, after junior Charlie Campbell received two yellow cards to close out the first half.
Hofstra was the first to light up the scoreboard when sophomore Johnannes Grahn knocked a shot to the back of the net in the 53rd minute. Soon after, Pride senior Justin Flood netted the second goal of play less than seven minutes later, taking a 2-0 lead.
The Pride struck again twice, when freshman Brett Carrington beat Tech junior goalkeeper Brendan Dunn on back-to-back opportunities, putting the match out of reach 4-0. Dunn finished the contest with five saves.
Meanwhile, Yamashita scored the Tech lone goal in the 71st minute, prior to receiving a pass from senior Taylor Walsh, who registered his first assist as a Hokie.
Tech held a 16-12 advantage in shots for the match, and was awarded more corner kicks than the Pride, 7-3.
Next up for Tech is a match against Xavier on Sunday, September 7 at 4 p.m. The match will be played at the Sandra D. Thompson Soccer Field.
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