Men’s Soccer Falls at #15 Virginia Tech

William & Mary

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The William & Mary men’s soccer team fell on the road at No. 15-ranked Virginia Tech, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Thompson Field. The Hokies (8-4-2) scored twice over a five-minute span in the first half and added two markers four minutes apart late in the contest to defeat the Tribe (3-8-2) for the first time since 2006. It marked W&M’s third setback to a nationally-ranked ACC foe this season.   Senior Ryder Bell nearly got W&M on the board in the 12th minute. From the left side of the 18, the Tribe forward sent a knuckler toward the far post, but Virginia Tech goalkeeper Mathijs Swaneveld made the kick save to push it wide.   Tech struck first in the 28th minute on its fourth corner kick of the contest. Senior Rory Slevin served the in-swinger into the six-yard box. It deflected off a Tribe defender and into the center of the goal to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Hokies doubled their lead five minutes later, scoring on the counter. Junior striker James Kasak made a run up the left flank and used a nice move to gain space. Sophomore Kristo Strickler got a boot to Kask’s cross and flicked it into the back of the net from six yards out. The Green and Gold just missed scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half. In the 37th minute, senior Marcel Berry made a nice run up the left side into the box and beat a defender to the six, but Swaneveld again made the kick save. Four minutes later, senior Antonio Bustamante ripped a shot from just outside the 18 that looked destined for the upper right corner, and Swaneveld’s diving save pushed the chance wide. After Onyeador stopped a Strickler shot from in close in the 56th minute, the Tribe nearly pulled …

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