September 1, 2009
Hokies fall to UMBC in season opener
James Gilson scores the first Hokie goal of the season

BALTIMORE, Md. – In the opening game of the season, the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team (0-1-0) fell to the UMBC Retrievers (1-0-0) on Tuesday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium, 3-1. James Gilson scored the lone goal for the Hokies, his first of the season.

The Retrievers dominated play in the first half, producing an early lead with two goals in the first 26 minutes of play. Sean Rothe scored first for UMBC as he recovered the ball from eight yards out off a free kick that went wide. Shortly after, Andrew Bulls placed a shot out of the reach of senior Brendan Dunn into the top left corner to give the Retrievers a 2-0 lead that they took into the half.

The Hokies earned three shots in the first half and came close to scoring after back-to-back corner kicks in the final five minutes but were unable to capitalize.

Tech gained the early possession in the second half as freshman Gregory Cochrane’s blocked shot led to a Hokie corner kick, one of five in the second half. However, unable to generate any further shots on the play, the Retrievers’ then recovered possession as Levi Houapeu took control and dribbled out of sight along the left wing for the breakaway, securing a shot inside the right post to give UMBC a 3-0 lead.

After three offsides calls against the Hokies, senior co-captain James Gilson put the Hokies on the scoreboard, scoring his first goal of the season with under 10 minutes left to play. Gilson stole the ball and fired a shot to the far right corner from nearly 15 yards out, slimming the lead to 3-1.

Six different players recorded shots for the Hokies, who finished the game with seven shots total.

Dunn earned the start in net and finished the game with four saves.

The Hokies will return to action on Friday night, as they travel to Madison, Wis., for the first time in program history to battle the Wisconsin Badgers at 8:30 p.m. in the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational.

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