Patrick Nyarko’s goal at the 21:39 mark was all the 11th seeded Hokies needed to defeat 3rd seeded UConn on the road. The 1-0 victory sends Virginia Tech to the College Cup, the Final Four of the Division I Men’s Soccer Championships.
The Hokies improved their overall record to 14-3-5. The Huskies’ season is over, and they dropped to 20-3-1. This was a huge win for Virginia Tech’s program. Not only did they defeat the team ranked #1 in the nation by Soccer America, but now they are one step closer to a possible National Championship.
This was Virginia Tech’s second consecutive 1-0 victory. They defeated Old Dominion 1-0 in Blacksburg to advance to today’s quarterfinal matchup. Their first win in the tournament was a 3-2 decision over Cal in Blacksburg.
Nyarko is a junior from Ghana who is now tied for third on Tech’s all-time list with 31 career goals. His goal at 21:39 bounced off the post to the back of the net, giving the Hokies a lead they never relinquished.
Virginia Tech will face the winner of tonight’s Wake Forest-Notre Dame match in the semifinals of the College Cup. The College Cup begins on Friday, December 14, and will be held at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, NC. The Hokies will play at either 5pm on ESPN2, or 7pm on ESPNU.
If they win, Tech will play for the National Championship on Sunday, December 16 at 3pm. That game will be televised by ESPN2.