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    September 26, 2008
    The Hokies fall to in-state rival Virginia 2-1
    Dillie nets second goal of the season

    BLACKSBURG, Va.The Virginia Tech Hokies (2-5-1, 0-3-0) dropped a heartbreaker to in-state rival and conference foe Virginia (5-3-0, 2-0-0) 2-1 in front of 1711 fans at Sandra D. Thompson Soccer Field. Senior Scott Dillie registered his second goal of the season, while junior Stefan Caulfield posted five saves in the match.

    “We tend to give good teams too many chances,” said head coach Oliver Weiss. “We have to capitalize on the shots we take in the game. As a team we had 13 shots, we need to put the ball in the back of the net.”

    In the 19th minute of play the Cavaliers jumped out to 1-0 advantage. Virginia junior Matt Mitchell posted his second goal of the season, ripping the net after receiving a pass from the right side of the pitch by classmate Ross LaBauex to light of the scoreboard for the opposition.

    Later in the half, Weiss brought Dillie onto the pitch on a Hokie corner kick. Tech junior James Gilson crossed the ball inside the box, where Dillie slipped the ball past Cavalier junior goalkeeper Michael Giallombardo for the equalizer in the 40th minute of play. Giallombardo had three saves in the match for the Cavaliers.

    At the half, the teams were tied 1-1 with the Hokies holding an 8-4 shot advantage, while Virginia garnered a 2-1 lead in corner kicks.

    From the drop of the ball in the second half the ‘Hoos and Hokies went back-and-forth for most of the period.

    With less than ten minutes to play in the match the Cavaliers netted the game-winner. A Virginia shot that was blocked by Caulfield fell to the feet of Mitchell, who put the rebound away for his second goal of the game and third of the season, giving the ‘Hoos a 2-1 lead in the 80th minute.

    The Hokies closed out the match with a 13-9 shot advantage and took three corner kicks in the contest.

    Virginia Tech will be back in action at home on Tuesday September 30 at 7:00 p.m. when they play host to George Washington in a non-conference battle.

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