BLACKSBURG, Va. – SIUE men's soccer scored three goals in a span of 3:18 Friday and went on to defeat Virginia Tech 3-1 in the first game of the Virginia Tech Tournament. The game was the season opener for both sides.
"It's a great start to the season," Head Coach Kevin Kalish said. "I thought our approach was quality. Overall it was a good performance."
The Cougars (1-0) scored all three goals in the first half of play and held a 12-0 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes.
"The first half was much more consistent for us," Kalish added. "We finished on our chances."
Senior Kevin Stoll scored his first regular season goal as a Cougar to open the scoring. Stoll, who scored a pair of goals in SIUE's exhibition win over Missouri State, beat VT goalkeeper Kyle Renfro with a low shot to his right to put SIUE up 1-0 in the 33rd minute. Fellow senior Jared Tejada connected with his first goal of the year less than two minutes later. Tejada chipped the ball over Renfro to make it 2-0. Newcomer Christian Voleskycapped off the scoring barrage with his first Cougar goal in 36th minute.
"We have a lot of different weapons and some proven goal scorers at this level," Kalish said of his offense. "We had them all playing well on the same night."
Daniel Laurentano netted the lone goal for Virginia Tech (0-1). It was the only shot of the night for the Hokies.
"We took our foot off the gas for a bit, and that's when they punished us," Kalish said.
In all, SIUE outshot Virginia Tech 17-1. The Cougars will meet James Madison Sunday to wrap up tournament play. JMU entered the season ranked 19th in the NSCAA poll. James Madison fell to Richmond 1-0 Friday.
"We face a tough JMU team Sunday," Kalish said. "It will be a difficult task."