August 13, 2007
Men's and Women's Soccer Begin 2007 Campaign
After some agility drills this morning, the men hit the field to begin six consecutive days of two-a-day practices, running through Saturday. They will play their lone exhibition match of the season against High Point University at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Tech Soccer Stadium before kicking off the regular season against Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Richmond, Va., as part of the VCU Nike/Alltel Classic.
Tech returns seven starters from last season's 11-8-1 squad, including Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate and College Soccer News Preseason First-Team All-American, Patrick Nyarko. The junior forward from Kumasi, Ghana established a new school record with 16 goals last season while earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference First-Team recognition for the second consecutive year.
The women continue preparations today for their upcoming home exhibition game against Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. They will visit Vanderbilt the following Friday for the remaining exhibition game before kicking off the regular season on the road against regional rival Radford at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.
The experienced squad begins the season without the services of only one starter from last year's 6-8-4 team and welcomes a recruiting class that was ranked 34th in the nation by Soccer Buzz. Two of the returners include 2006 All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree Laurie Beth Puglisi, who led the team with 21 points off seven goals and seven assists, and 2006 ACC All-Freshman honoree Julian Johnson, who set a single-season record for the women's team with 12 assists.
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