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Flores Magic elevates No.12 Hokies ahead of Fighting Irish


BLACKSBURG – For the second time this season at home, it took the No.12 Hokies more than 90 minutes to settle the score, but Virginia Tech ultimately reigned supreme over Notre Dame in overtime, 2-1.

Neither team managed to break through in the first 45 minutes, although the visiting Fighting Irish pushed the boundaries with seven shots in the first half.

It was Tech, however, who struck first in the second half, with a familiar name reappearing on the scoresheet.

Skills determined on the ball by Landon Bitter resulted in a ball being played at the feet of Jacob Labovitz, that he returned to his left foot and scored in the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Less than 30 seconds later, Notre Dame equalized.

Goalkeeper Ben martino rushed to dissuade a ball from a striker’s feet but knocked out the Fighting Irish player resulting in a penalty which was buried by Philip Quinton.

For the remainder of the settlement, the Hokies had the advantage in shots, but failed to capitalize.

As a result, Tech found themselves in an overtime affair for the fourth time this season. And for the second time in seven days, the Hokies came out victorious in the game.

Notre Dame tried to steal it early, but defenseman Welnilton da Silva Jr. intervened with a goal line clearance to extend the game.

With one minute remaining in the first overtime period, Danny flores used clever footwork to get around what appeared to be half of the Notre Dame squad and scored the game-winning goal.

The goal was Flores’ first of his career at Virginia Tech.

Next, the Hokies host the ETSU at Thompson Field on Tuesday night, representing the first straight home games of the season.



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