Virginia Tech Advances To Men’s College Cup.

Key defensive plays by Charlie Campbell and Patrick Nyarko’s 31st career goal led the # 11 seed Virginia Tech men’s soccer team at # 3 seed Connecticut Saturday afternoon at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.

The Hokies entered 13-3-5 overall and 3-2-4 on the road. Tech was also 6-0-0 in day matches, and 7-1-1 in non-conference action this season.

Tech was 2-2-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament entering tonight’s match.

Tech took four corner kicks within the first 10 minutes but Connecticut almost converted a score when Julius James headed high of the post. The Hokies immediately raced back down the muddy field and Patrick Nyarko gained possession of a long, leading pass and weaved between a pair of Huskie defenders and delivered a 20-yard grounder that hit the far post and to the back of the net to give Tech an early 1-0 lead at 21:39.

Nyarko has a team-high 26 points this season, and is now tied for the team lead in goals with seven markers as well as a team-leading 10 assists. The Kumasi, Ghana native is tied for third place on the school’s all-time goals with 31 goals in 56 career games. He is also fourth place in Tech history with 86 career points.

The Hokies entered the match 10-1-2 when scoring first and were 5-0-1 when Nyarko scores a goal.

O’Brian White managed another UConn chance by crossing a header which went directly into the hands of Aigner 10 minutes into the second half. White had another quality chance when he missed wide left in the 61st minute.

Midfielder Charlie Campbell came up with a key ‘team’ save of another shot by James in the 19th minute off a UConn corner kick.

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