The dream season of the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team ended on Friday night with a 2-0 loss to Wake Forest in the National Semifinals. The loss ends the Hokies’ season. They finished with an overall record of 14-4-5.
This was the best season in school history. Never before had Virginia Tech advanced so far into the NCAA tournament. They were just one game away from playing for the National Championship. Ultimately, two second half goals by Wake Forest’s Marcus Tracy sent the Hokies home.
Tech lost to a very good team. Wake Forest was the #2 overall seed in the tournament, and now sport an overall record of 21-2-2.
Wake Forest scored on two free kicks. The first came on a header by Tracy at the 50:19 mark. Scoring the first goal in soccer is important, and from there the Hokies had to play from behind.
Virginia Tech squandered a golden opportunity earlier in the match to get on the scoreboard first. Wake Forest goal keeper Brian Edwards extended his defense too far, and Patrick Nyarko had an open net opportunity. Unfortunately Nyarko slipped, but he still managed to get the ball to Robert Edmans, who had a good look at the goal. But Edmans misfired, and Tech’s chance to take an early lead 13 minutes into the match was gone.
The Hokies lose the services of five seniors, as well as several foreign players who will be heading back to Europe. However, All-American forward Patrick Nyarko still has one season of eligibility remaining.