The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team continued their longest scoring drought in school history last Friday night. The Hokies fell to second-ranked Notre Dame 1-0 after giving up a goal in the last minute of the game.
“I think with a minute left, our guys took a mental break and thought we were going to go into overtime,” said head coach David Brizendine. “Notre Dame realized that they had plenty of time and got a goal.”
Senior forward Harrison Shipp scored the winning goal for Notre Dame with a shot that found the bottom right corner of the net. The Tech defense held strong until the last minutes of the game, stifling Notre Dames dominant offensive attack.
“The outside backs had some injuries and have fluctuated some, but they had a great performance tonight,” Brizendine said. “James Duvcevski was great, but a little washy at the end and Deven Mason on the right was aggressive and did a good job.”
In addition to the defense’s performance, Hokies goalkeeper Kyle Renfro had an exceptional game.
“I think this is the best game he has had,” senior Robert Alberti said. “The saves he was making were world class.”
Renfro posted seven saves on the game, many of which looked to be sure goals.
While the defense had a noteworthy performance against Notre Dame, the Hokies’ failure to score has plagued the team. They last scored almost a month ago against High Point.
“Our schedule is very difficult,” Brizendine said. “Yes we are in a scoring drought, but we have played the No. 1, 2, and 15 ranked teams in the country. So its not like were out here playing a Division 3 team, we’re just missing goals.”
The team has echoed Brizendine’s positive outlook about their scoring drought. While they have been practicing their shots on goal, scoring is not a huge concern for the team.
“It’s frustrating, but we’re just doing our job as a team,” Renfro said. “Goals will come eventually so we’re not too worried about that. Right now we’re focused on feeding off of our defense."
The Hokies hope to move on from their heartbreaking loss and scoring drought this Friday against in-state rival Virginia at Thompson field.
“Right now we are staying positive, moving forward and not focusing on the past,” Renfro said. “We’re only worrying about UVa.”