“I am happy with the win today,” said head coach Oliver Weiss. “After the difficult loss on Friday and today’s match we know we have a lot to work to do before we open conference play on Friday against Duke. It was a nice to find a way to win.”
In the first half the Musketeers were first to score, taking an early 1-0 advantage. Xavier sophomore Andy Dimbi registered his first goal on the year, scoring on a shot that beat Caulfield to his left. The goal was also the first on the season for the Musketeers that came in the 10th minute of play.
Tech registered the equalizer in the 38th minute, capitalizing on red card by Xavier inside their goalkeepers’ box. Akogyeram took the penalty kick and had it blocked by Musketeer senior goalkeeper Adam Sokolowksi. The freshman then, gathered the rebound and pushed it passed Sokolowski, tying the game 1-1.
At the half Tech posted 10 shots to Xavier’s four and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
In the 88th minute the Hokies took the lead. Tech was awarded a free kick on the right side of the pitch just outside the goalkeeper’s box. Junior James Gilson took the kick, sending the ball into the box, where Dillie nudged the ball past Sokolowski for his first goal of the season.
The Hokies closed out the match holding an edge in shots and corner kicks 22-9 and 12-4, respectively.
Next up for Tech is a home match and ACC opener on Friday night September 12 against Duke at 7:30 p.m.
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