The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team has seen its fair share of struggles recently. Since winning their last game, a home victory over High Point on Sept. 17, they have gone 0-3-4.
The Hokies broke their winless streak Tuesday night however, with a 2-0 win over Virginia Military Institute.
Tech came out fast, as junior midfielder Andre Thomas found sophomore forward Kai Marshall in the 7th minute. Marshall sent a rocket past Keydets sophomore goalkeeper Alex Guerra for the early lead.
“I just turned, beat my guy and I found an open gap and just hit it real hard,” Marshall said.
The goal was Marshall’s second of the season.
The Hokies got another good look at the goal in the 31st minute when defender James Duvceski got off a shot that was deflected just wide of the net.
In the final minute of the first half, sophomore defender Deven Mason fired another hard shot from the top of the penalty box that sailed just high of the cross bar.
The Hokies controlled the ball for most of the first half, resulting in five shots on goal while the Keydets were held to zero.
Tech came out in the second half with confidence and continued to attack the VMI defense. The Hokies bombarded VMI’s Guerra by racking up seven shots in the first 10 minutes of the half.
In the 50th minute Mason got off great shot that was headed for the net, but Guerra dove in front for the save.
Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Kaplan came in for the Keydets at halftime and made 6 saves.
“Space and opportunity,” said head coach Mike Brizendine when asked what led to the team’s success. “We tried to isolate the wings, and then get services. If you can win that battle then you can get a good service and we had a number of those chances.”
Junior midfielder Andre Thomas put the icing on the cake for the Hokies in the 78th minute when he scored his second goal of the season.
Thomas talked about the Hokies' offensive success on the night.
“We were holding the ball very well,” he said. “We had a lot of space in midfield and they didn’t really pressure us much so we were able to shoot more than normal.”
Leading scorer senior midfielder Robert Alberti did not play in the contest, making the offensive onslaught by the Hokies even more surprising.
The Hokies finished with a total of 23 shots on the night while the Keydets finished with just two.
Tech will look to keep their momentum rolling as they take on ACC-foe North Carolina State on Friday night in Raleigh.
“That’s going to be a very good college soccer game,” Brizendine said. “You’re talking about two good teams that are going to battle it out.
“I think they are a little bit better on the attacking side. I also think we are a little bit better on the defensive side.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.