The Virginia Tech Men’s soccer squad opened their 2015 season hosting the UNC-Greensboro Spartans on Friday night. The Hokies fought valiantly, but in the end they suffered a gut-wrenching overtime defeat, losing 1-0.
The Hokies outshot the Spartans 17-10 behind the leg of sophomore Ricardo John. John led the VPI efforts with five shots. Senior Daniel Lauretano added three more. By the end of regulation the score remained 0-0 and the Hokies and Spartans headed into overtime. The initial extra period was also completed without a score, but halfway through the second overtime UNCG’s Chris Putland was able to put one past VPI sophomore keeper Ben Lundgaard.
Virginia Tech travels to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats on Thursday, September 3. Virginia Tech leads the series against Cincinnati 8-3. The last time the Hokies and Bearcats met was in 2011 when VPI defeated Cincinnati 2-1. Stretching back to 1989 the Hokies have won four in a row against the Bearcats. Cincinnati defeated Northern Kentucky on August 22, and hosts the Valparaiso Crusaders on August 31 before the Hokies arrive in Ohio.
The full box score against UNCG can be seen here.