November 1, 2008
Tech falls to NC State in final road match this season
St. Germain makes second start in ACC play
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RALEIGH, N.C.The Virginia Tech soccer team (5-11-1, 0-7-0) lost their final road contest of the season at NC State (6-8-1, 2-5-0), 2-0. Freshman Thomas St. Germain made his fifth start in net for the Hokies, making four saves in the match.

“Another tough loss,” said head coach Oliver Weiss. “After the team battled very hard, we deserved a tie tonight. We still struggle to score and we allow our opponents gift goals, time after time.”

The Pack jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 24th minute of play. NC State junior Alan Sanchez scored an unassisted goal off a long shot to light up the scoreboard for the home team.

At the half, Tech tallied three shots and garnered three corner kicks. St. Germain registered a save in the first stanza. Fellow freshman Jeremy Williams ripped a shot that hit the post in the 11th minute of play for the Hokies’ best scoring chance in the period.

The Hokies and Wolfpack played an even second period, with neither team scoring until the 88th minute. NC State sophomore Chris Zuerner dribbled through the Tech defense and fired a shot that beat St. Germain to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 advantage.

The best scoring opportunity in the second period for Tech came in the 86th minute of play, when the Hokies tallied three straight shots. Junior Brendan Dunn ripped the first shot and freshman Tobias Hottner followed with two more. NC State ended the scoring chance with a team save to keep the Hokies off the scoreboard.

Tech ended the contest with 11 shots, while NC State fired 14. The Hokies took five corners in the match.

Tech will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 7 when Boston College comes to town for the final match of the regular season. Prior to the match, the Hokies will honor graduate student Demanya Dogbey and seniors Scott Dillie and Taylor Walsh for their accomplishments at Tech, in part of the senior night festivities.

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