The Virginia Tech men’s soccer squad answered their disappointing 2OT season opening home loss with a dominant away win over the Cincinnati Bearcats, 5-1. With the win, the Hokies improve to 1-1, while the previously undefeated Bearcats drop to 2-1.
Virginia Tech opened quickly with a Daniel Lauretano goal off a Merlin Baus corner kick just 90 seconds into the match. The Bearcats answered six minutes later with their only score of the game. Ricardo John and Ousmane Sanogo both had first half goals putting the score 3-1 at the start of the second period. Baus provide his second assist of the game to Dylan Huber who put the Hokies up 4-1 six minutes into the last half. Reece Alexander punctuated the Hokies performance with a goal at the 84:35 mark. In total, five different Hokies scored during the match.
VPI outshot Cincinnati 15-8, and the Hokies also outshot their opponents on goal 10-2. The Bearcats did have seven corner kicks to the Hokies’ six, but were unable to capitalize. Cincinnati also eclipsed VT in yellow cards, and near the end of regulation Cincinnati’s John Rutan earned a red card.
The Hokies continue their away game efforts next facing No. 10 Xavier on Saturday, September 5. Xavier sits at 2-1 and is coming off a 1-2 loss against Lipscomb. The Hokies lead the series against the Musketeers, 7-1. The last time the two squads met was in 2008 when VT defeated them 2-1 in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has won seven games in a row against Xavier, dating back to 1996.
The full box score against Cincinnati can be seen here.