The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team played to a hard-fought double overtime 0-0 draw against the 16th ranked Clemson Tigers Friday night.
This was the Hokies' (3-2-3, 1-0-3 ACC) third game against a ranked opponent this season, and the team has yet to lose to a ranked foe.
“It was a dog fight,” said head coach Mike Brizendine. “We are going to want to look at it and review it and find out how we can get better.”
Clemson (7-1-1, 2-1-1 ACC) amassed 22 shots throughout the game compared to 11 for Virginia Tech.
Goalie Kyle Renfro was the key player for the Hokies in Friday’s 0-0 draw.
The team captain had a career night, making ten total saves. That tally put Renfro in first place in the ACC in saves this season.
“The main thing was being connected,” Renfro said. "Because I was connected and dialed in, it was easy to make those saves throughout the game.”
The closest the Hokies came to scoring was in the 78th minute off of a corner kick.
Senior Austin Stewart played the ball into the box, where forward Kai Marshall had a clean opportunity for a header, but it missed wide.
"We have to be a little bit sharper in the midfield and work on our finishing," Brizendine said.
As the second half continued, play became more physical.
“We want to play physical, not foul, but to be tough and get into the tackles,” said junior midfielder Andre Thomas.
But the physicality began to cross the line. Most notably, in the 84th minute, Clemson’s Alexandre Happi received a straight red card for taking down Thomas from behind.
The Hokies also played aggressively, as they received three yellow cards in the game.
"(It was a) hard fought performance," Renfro said. "It was tough and they were a quality side."
While there were more shots in the second half for both squads, neither team was able to put one in the back of the net.
In overtime, both teams were clearly fatigued.
Despite this weariness, however, Clemson fought through and put a lot of pressure on the Hokies' defense in the extra periods.
Renfro was forced to make several athletic saves to keep the Tigers off the board and truly preserved the Hokies' win.
The team continues play against No. 24 Wake Forest next Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Hokies are looking forward to the week off after three weeks of playing two games per week.
"Our next stretch of games is very very difficult," Brizendine said. “We're thin and we have a week off now and I’m glad, because we need it.”