Late Penalty Kick Sends Men's Soccer to 2-1 Loss at Virginia Tech
Rollings Knots Match in 76th Minute, but Hokies Convert PK in 88th
Sept. 30, 2008
BLACKSBURG, VA - George Washington men's soccer redshirt junior Mike Rollings scored an equalizing goal in the 76th minute, but Virginia Tech's James Gilson converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute to defeat the Colonials, 2-1, Tuesday evening and snap their three-match winning streak.
GW, which had won three consecutive road matches and entered the contest ranked fifth in the NSCAA Middle Atlantic region, falls to 4-3-1 overall following its non-conference finale. The Colonials open Atlantic 10 play Oct. 10 at Xavier.
Rollings' first goal of the season, which came off a steal in the Hokies' defensive third, evened the match, 1-1, with 14:14 remaining.
However, Virginia Tech's Emmanuel Akogyeram won a penalty kick in the 88th minute after being taken down inside GW's 18-yard box and James Gilson snuck the ensuing free kick past goalkeeper Matt Scheer to lift the Hokies to their first victory in five matches.
Virginia Tech (3-5-1) opened the scoring in the 43rd minute when Akogyeram's chip shot over Scheer struck the crossbar and caromed in for the 1-0 lead.
GW nearly broke through in the 71st minute, but senior Dave Leon's shot was saved off the goal line by Hokie defender Craig Burnell.
GW led in both shots, 12-11, and shots on goal, 8-6. Scheer made four saves in the loss, while counterpart Stefan Caulfield made seven stops for Virginia Tech, which advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season.