Monells’ goal pushes Hokies to rally William and Mary
The Hokies (4-1-2, 1-1 ACC) found themselves behind the Tribe twice (2-2, 0-1 CAA), once in the first half and once in the second half, but ultimately a rambling goal of Pol Monells took victory for Virginia Tech.
After falling behind in the fourth minute, Tech dominated possession and tried to break through a solid defense from William & Mary. Danny flores took a shot from the crossbar and the ball fell Cameron Joice, who fired a pass to Camron Lennon. Lennon fired a shot that deflected and landed in the net.
The Hokies continued to push towards the home team’s goal but couldn’t grab another until half-time.
Coming out of halftime, William & Mary created an opportunity the Tech defense couldn’t clear and seized it to regain the advantage.
As they did in the first half, the Hokies reacted with urgency. In the 62sd minute, Kyle McDowell whipped into a ball for Jacob Labovitz, who headed the equalizer and his fourth goal of the season.
Tech didn’t settle for the draw from that point on. Ten minutes after Labovitz’s goal, Monells cleaned up the remnants of a ball that Conor Pugh delivered and Kahlil Dover tried to put in the net and propelled the Hokies to a 3-2 lead.
Soon after, William and Mary were pushed to 10 men following a red card for a foul on Dover while he was in goal and were unable to create another breakthrough.
Next, Virginia Tech welcomes Notre Dame Friday night to Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va., In celebration of the 50e Virginia Tech men’s soccer anniversary.