In the 72nd minute, Virginia Tech men’s soccer’s senior forward Khalil Dover scored the go-ahead goal to push the Hokies over the Campbell Camels 2-1.
The first round of the 2021 Division-I Men’s Soccer Championship pitted the Hokies and Camels against each other for a chance to see No. 11 West Virginia in Morgantown on Nov. 21. After a 41′ goal off the foot of VT’s senior defenseman Kyle McDowell, the game was tense. The Hokies came into the tournament 10-5-3 after losing in double overtime 2-1 to No. 6 Pitt in the ACC Championship quarterfinal. McDowell netted the team’s only goal in the loss, and was out for blood when the team got the national nod to continue its postseason.
The second half of the Campbell game produced a sole Camel goal (56′) from senior forward Daniel Campbell Hernandez to tie the score; in the 72nd minute, VT’s Dover hit the money shot to advance his team to the second round of the tournament for the sixth consecutive season.
Virginia Tech men's soccer advances. Khalil Dover's goal in the 72' is the difference.#Hokies travel to No. 11 West Virginia for a 1 p.m. ET kick on Sunday.
Black Diamond Trophy, anyone? https://t.co/XhHTOT8qZh
— David Cunningham (@therealdcunna) November 19, 2021
Now, Dover, McDowell, and Virginia Tech will bring the Black Diamond Trophy battle back to Morgantown. The last time these two teams met was in 2015 in Blacksburg. VT beat the Mountaineers outright, 2-0, to add an eighth win to the series’ 11 meetings. West Virginia will host the 12th meeting, and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, at 1 p.m. EST at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.