Va. Tech wins Towson tourney on sudden-death penalty kick COLLEGE SOCCER

October 28, 1991

Mike Sloniewsky's goal in the first round of sudden-death penalty kicks lifted Virginia Tech (8-7-1) to the championship of the annual Towson State Invitation soccer tournament yesterday. Tech and Philadelphia Textile (7-8-1) had gone 120 scoreless minutes and each had made four of five kicks in the first penalty round.

The consolation game was a rematch of last year's championship game with the same outcome, as Towson State (11-4-2), behind two goals from Ed McCue, defeated Howard University (6-9-1), 3-2. The Tigers had won the 1990 title in overtime, 2-1.

In the first penalty kick series (the sides alternated, each getting five), the fourth player for Tech was freshman Josh Smith, from Columbia and Howard High School. He had seen action in every game (one goal, two assists), but the Textile game marked his first start.

"The guy before me [for Textile] missed, but there was still pressure on me," said Smith, a former All-State high school selection.

After Smith's shot, Loui Staines converted for Textile, but Tech's Eric McClellan was stopped by goalkeeper Peter Pappas. Pappas was the next Textile shooter, and he missed wide, setting the stage for Sloniewsky.

Jerry Cheynet, in his 18th season as Virginia Tech coach, said it was not the same Tech team that had used three second-half goals to beat defending champion Towson State in Saturday's first round, 3-1.

"We played the best we have all year in that second half, but this time we came out flat," he said.

Special tournament awards went to McClellan, who had two goals in Saturday's win, as the outstanding offensive player, and Textile's Staines as the outstanding defensive player.

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