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Despite leading at halftime, Virginia Tech couldn’t hold on against defending national champion and current No. 1 Ohio State, falling 42-24 to the Buckeyes in the season opener at Lane Stadium. The Hokies led 17-14, but quarterback Michael Brewer went out with an injury in the third quarter, and Ohio State took advantage, scoring 21 unanswered points after Brewer went out. Brewer completed 11 of 16 for 156 yards, with two touchdowns before leaving. Brenden Motley completed 4 of 9 for 36 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, and he figures to assume the starting role with Brewer out 4-6 weeks. The Hokies now get ready for Furman, which comes to Blacksburg for a game on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team won back-to-back games in Cincinnati this weekend by an impressive combined score of 8-2. The Hokies upset No.10 Xavier 3-1 on Sunday morning after knocking off Cincinnati 5-1 Thursday night. The Hokies found themselves down 1-0 against the Musketeers before scoring three unanswered goals for the victory. Against Cincinnati, Tech was tied at 1-1 before pouring it on. Virginia Tech Athlete of the Week Merlin Baus had a stellar week scoring two goals and dishing out three assists in the two games. Ricardo John and Dylan Huber each scored one goal in both games.
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Baus scored two goals and dished out three assists in the Hokies’ two road wins this week. He had a goal and an assist in Virginia Tech’s 3-1 upset win over No. 10 Xavier Sunday, and also had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over Cincinnati last Thursday.
Virginia Tech is on a roll, with back-to-back weekend tournament sweeps. Three Hokies made the all-tournament team: Amanda McKinzie, Kenedy McGrath, and tournament MVP Lindsey Owens. McKinzie was later named the ACC player of the Week for her efforts. Friday morning, the Hokies defeated Miami (OH) in four sets as McKinzie downed 20 kills and Owens’ hit a double-double 14 kills and 13 digs, while McGrath collected 20 digs. The Hokies upset No. 19 Michigan State in four sets to mark their first win over a ranked team on the road. Both Owens and McKinzie tallied 13 kills, but McKinzie walked away with the double-double. The Hokies trailed for the first time this season against Butler, but Tech bounced back, with three Hokies recording double-doubles in the victory: Owens, McKinzie, and setter Rhegan Mitchell.
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team posted a perfect 3-0 record on the week. It began on Wednesday night at Thompson Field, with a 4-2 win over visiting Longwood. Ashley Meier scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner and Murielle Tiernan became Tech’s all-time leading goal scorer with her tally in the 19th minute. On Friday night at home, Tech took down UNC Greensboro, recording the first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win. Caroline Kerns recorded her first career goal in the victory. On Sunday night, Tech traveled to Richmond and came away with its second consecutive shutout, a 3-0 win over the Rams. Alani Johnson scored two first-half goals in the win and Laila Gray netted her first goal of the season.
The Virginia Tech athletics department held the official dedication of the new indoor practice facility on Sept. 7, inviting contributors for a tour and to celebrate the naming of the field in honor of Patrick D. Cupp, a former Tech track athlete who passed away in 2000. Cupp and his wife gave generously both to the university and to athletics, with his wife, Sandra Davis, establishing a scholarship in his name and carrying on those philanthropic efforts after her husband passed. University President Dr. Tim Sands, Tech AD Whit Babcock, Hokie Club leader Bill Lansden, former softball standout Kylie McGoldrick and Jon Laaser, who served as the master of ceremonies, all spoke at the dedication, which also was a way for the athletics department to thank those who contributed.
Three Virginia Tech women’s runners finished in the top 10, as the Hokies opened the 2015 cross country season at the Hokie Invite held Sept. 4 at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course on campus. Freshmen Jennifer Fleming and Jillian Everly, both running unattached, finished second and ninth, respectively, and junior Shannon Morton came in 10th. Fleming ran the course in a time of 13:59.34, finishing a little more than six seconds behind winner Josette Norris of North Carolina. The men’s race was halted midway through because of lightning and ultimately was cancelled. Both teams return to action on Sept. 18 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course. The first race starts at 5:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech students have been on campus for about three weeks now, and some Hokie athletes helped get the newcomers’ fall semesters off to a nice start. More than 175 student-athletes from six different teams participated in “Hokie Helpers,” assisting on-campus students moving in to their dorms. Members of the baseball, lacrosse, softball, women’s golf, football and volleyball teams put in a combined 322 hours helping students and families do everything from lifting boxes, and carrying suitcases to helping new students navigate their new home away from home.
Big-time country music superstar Brad Paisley opened his College Nation tour on the Virginia Tech campus Sunday, the night before the Hokies opened up their football season in a big-time way against top-ranked and defending national champion Ohio State. It was a beautiful evening in Blacksburg as thousands of fans steadily streamed in to the Cassell Coliseum lot as opening act Eric Paslay warmed up the crowd. An estimated 35,000 joined in the fun along with the Tech cheerleaders, HighTechs and HokieBird which took the stage twice. Paisley wowed the crowd with his many hit songs, but his version of Enter Sandman really got the fans jumping.
There was a great college football atmosphere with a sell-out crowd on its feet as the Hokies took the field to kick off the 2015 season against the top-ranked defending national champion Ohio State. Tech led at halftime before the Buckeyes exploded in the third quarter for the win. Hokie fans don’t have to wait long to come home to Lane Stadium as a short turnaround has Furman coming to town on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m., contest.