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.