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By Bart Isley It took a long time for Forrest White’s first collegiate goal to find the back of the net, especially considering he scored 59 of them as a senior at Western Albemarle. But nearly three years into his time at Virginia Tech, he picked the perfect time to net his first. White blasted home the game-winning goal in overtime against Indiana in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, helping lift the Hokies past the Hoosiers, a program that has won eight national titles. White stung the ball off the far post from 25 yards out, a blast that put Tech in the Elite Eight. White had taken 30 shots in his college career over the last three seasons, with none of them going in before the 31st struck in the 98th minute against Indiana. The goal capped an incredible charge by the Hokies, with a pack of Virginia Tech midfielders and forwards racing downfield on the attack. He combined with another local to get the job done for Virginia Tech as Albemarle graduate Brendan Moyers, just a freshman, scored the other goal for the Hokies in the 2-1 overtime victory. Moyers’ goal came in the first half and put the Hokies up 1-0. White has appeared in 35 games during his
career at Virginia Tech, starting six of those contests. He’s tallied two assists in that time. Moyers has gotten off to a fast start this season, his first with the Hokies, starting 15 times for Virginia Tech while appearing in 21 matches. He’s scored twice and dished out three assists as a forward. White was the two-time Scrimmage Play boys soccer player of the year, and he flashed a diverse skill set during that time at Western Albemarle, making his mark first as a distributing, game-managing central midfielder. As a senior, he moved to the top of the formation and exploded as the state’s most potent forward, scoring those 59 goals while dishing out another 29 assists. He also led the Warriors to a Group 3A state title in the process. Two years later, it was Moyers who was dominating at the top of the formation locally while leading his team to a championship. Earlier this year in the spring, Moyers scored 16 goals for the Patriots and finished with 15 assists en route to a Group 5A title. Now they’ve got Virginia Tech playing at a high level and making waves in the NCAA tournament, with only more to come in 2017. ✖
BELOW » Former Western Albemarle standout Forrest White put Virginia Tech into the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with his effort against Indiana. (Virginia Tech Sports Information)
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