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October 4, 2008
Tech falls to No.1 Wake Forest in ACC contest
Gilson and Akogyeram score for the Hokies

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Virginia Tech (3-6-1, 0-4-0) men’s soccer team dropped its fourth conference match of the season, falling to No.1-ranked Wake Forest (10-0-0, 3-0-0), 8-2 Saturday night. Junior James Gilson scored his third goal of the season to lead the Hokies.

"Wake Forest is a great team," said head coach Oliver Weiss. "They are the top team in the country and it showed. We competed in spurts but it was just not enough tonight."

The Deacons scored early in the match to take a 1-0 lead. Wake Forest junior Austin netted his third goal of the year, ripping a shot from five yards out in the third minute of play. Deacon sophomore Corben Bone was awarded the assist.

Wake Forest added its second goal in the 22nd minute of play off a corner kick. Wake Forest sophomore Ike Opara gathered a lose ball inside the box and knocked the ball past Caulfield from four yards out on the right side, for his third goal of the season.

Less than three minutes later, Opara scored the third goal for the adversaries and his second of the match. The sophomore headed a ball to the back of the net when teammate Evan Brown hit the sophomore with a pass.

At the half the Hokies had only one shot while the Deacons took 14. Caulfield made eight saves between the pipes for Tech in the first half.

In the 69th minute of play, the Deacons lit up the scoreboard for the fourth time. Bone, who tallied an assist earlier in the contest, scored on a penalty kick, pushing his season total to three. Shortly after, Wake Forest senior Marcus Tracy added a goal in the 71st minute of play off a pass from teammate Bone, to give the Deacons a 5-0 lead.

The Hokies got on the board for the first time in the match in the 75th minute of play. Gilson added a goal on a penalty kick, his second in as many games.

A minute later junior Cody Arnoux added his first of three goals in the match. The junior tallied goals in the 76th, 84th and 86th minute of play.

Tech freshman Emmanuel Akogyeram registered his fifth goal during his freshman campaign. The Ghana native gathered a deflection off of Wake Forest junior goalkeeper Austin Chelko and knocked the ball to the back of the net from four yards out on the right side of the pitch.

Tech registered six shots in the match and took one corner kick. The Hokies have not allowed an opponent to score eight goals against them since September 14, 1994 when Tech dropped an 8-2 decision to Virginia.

Hokie freshman Thomas St. Germain registered his first minutes of his career, making two saves for Tech.

The Hokies will be back in action on Tuesday October 7 when they play host to Radford. The start time is slated for 7 p.m. at Sandra D. Thompson Field.

For updates on Virginia Tech men's soccer, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_MSoccer).

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