August 13, 2007
Men's and Women's Soccer Begin 2007 Campaign
The Notebook
The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams began their preseason promptly at 12 a.m. Monday morning at the Johnson-Miller Track Complex on campus for conditioning testing and training in the first practice of the 2007 season.

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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