“We played well and executed our game plan,” said head coach Oliver Weiss. “Unfortunately, we made a few freshman mistakes and paid for them the hard way in the match.”
The Red Storm jumped on the scoreboard first in the 37th minute of play. St. John’s freshman Christian Gonzalez registered his first goal of his career when teammate Nelson Becerra assisted off a corner set piece, giving the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
Tech lost the first half shots battle 7-3 and was not awarded any corner kicks, while St. John’s took five in the half.
St. John’s added its second goal of the match in the second half off a header by sophomore Tafadzwa Chiduku to the far post. Chiduku received a pass to the center of the field from Red Storm redshirt sophomore Tadeu Terra, to score his second goal of the season in the 63rd minute, taking a 2-0 advantage for the opposition.
In the 76th minute the Red Storm struck again for the third time of the match. St. John’s junior Nelson Becerra scored on a breakaway to secure the 3-0 win.
The Hokies ended the match with three shots in the contest. Freshman Emmanuel Akogyeram led the Hokies with two shots. Sophomore James Shupp was the only Tech player to play all 90 minutes of the match for the Hokies.
Between the pipes, Dunn played 81 minutes in the match. Junior Stefan Caulfield relieved Dunn and played the final nine minutes of the match, making one save.
Tech will be in action again on Sunday September 21 at Clemson in their second ACC match of the season. Start time is slated for 2:00 p.m.
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