The Hokies held out against the fiery Syracuse Orange for their first conference victory of the season in a double overtime shootout. Both teams came into the match looking for their first ACC victory of the season, and the Hokies were the team to do so. Syracuse, meanwhile, is still on the hunt for a conference win.
The match featured a strong back-and-forth between the two teams. The Hokies controlled the first half of the match taking seven shots, forcing four saves out of the Orange keeper. The story flipped in the second half with Syracuse exploding into control. The Orange tried 14 shots at the resilient Hokie defense, but only three landed on target. A gift for the Hokies.
Once more, Virginia Tech lead the energy of the match in both overtimes. Virginia Tech came out on the offensive with 5 total shots in overtime, but all they needed was the on-target shot that came at the 108’ by junior forward Nico Quashie. This marked his third goal of the season, but easily his most significant on the year.
The Hokie defense came up huge against Syracuse. The Orange desperately took 18 shots, but defense made it nearly impossible to find any good or clean shots. Through 18 shots, only three shots fell on target and all three were stopped dead by keeper Mathis Swaneveld. Virginia Tech has proven that they can certainly slow down strong offenses, and Swaneveld at the goal makes it much harder for shots to get through.
Now at 1-2-1 in ACC play, this much needed conference win for Virginia Tech was key to proving that the Hokies can be competitive in such a strong conference. Seven ACC teams fall into the Men’s Soccer RPI Top 10, with the Hokies coming in at 7. The Hokies are now 3-2 in their last five matches, but have not enjoyed consecutive wins since their three win streak at the start of the season.
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