Five days after it had its 15-game unbeaten streak snapped, Virginia Tech gave one of its most dominating performances of the season with a
3-0 win over Maryland Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Senior midfielder Ben Nason
scored two goals and Ghanaian star Patrick Nyarko
added the third to lead the Hokies past Maryland, which had a 10-game unbeaten streak of its own snapped with the loss.
which had never won a game in the ACC Tournament, limited Maryland to two shots on goal.
"It's a great thing any time you win a game in the ACC Tournament with a shutout against a ranked
opponent," Hokie coach Oliver Weiss
said. "The 4-vs.-5 match is traditionally a very tough match, so we're very pleased. I think if you look at our entire
season, it may rank up there with one of our best performances." Graham Zusi
had a chance to tie the game for Maryland, but his free kick hit the
near post late in the first half.
"This was a difficult loss for us," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski
said. "We worked very hard but not very
smart. We expended a lot of energy on the attack and defense and we were worn down. Their first goal was a nice free kick by Nason and it is tough to comeback because Virginia Tech is a very poised
team. We were unlucky as well. With another inch Graham Zusi would have scored on the free kick."