Four Tournaments, ACC Home Matches Highlight 2004 Schedule
2004 Men's Soccer Schedule
April 16, 2004 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team will face a challenging but opportunistic schedule in 2004. Four tournaments, including the second annual Virginia Tech Classic, plus four Atlantic Coast Conference home matches highlight the schedule released by the Tech athletic department this week. The Hokies, coming off a record-setting 2003 season where they finished 14-5-3 and claimed second place in the BIG EAST, will face all seven ACC opponents next season with home conference match-ups against Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina and the home finale against Virginia. Tech is also scheduled to participate in tournaments at James Madison, Penn State and Clemson. Eight teams on the schedule advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. "We are really looking forward to playing this schedule, not only because of the change in conferences, but because we have a great non-conference schedule as well," said third-year head coach Oliver Weiss. "We have an excellent mixture of in-state rivalries and four big-time tournaments. Plus we have a wonderful home schedule with teams like Wake Forest, North Carolina and Virginia and our tournament. We like to play challenging schedules because that can only help our players improve. "It's exciting for our fans too because the schedule will allow them to travel to many of the road games. We have a big fan base in the Tidewater area, and we'll be in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area) twice, so we're very excited to embark on this schedule." The Hokies open the 2003 slate with a home exhibition match against Old Dominion on Aug. 21. Tech then opens the regular season at UNC Greensboro on Sept. 1 before traveling up I-81 to Harrisonburg, Va., for the James Madison Diadora Classic on Sept. 3-5. The Hokies battle Northeastern on Sept. 3 and St. Joseph's on Sept. 5. Returning home for the weekend of Sept. 10-12, Tech will welcome West Virginia, James Madison and Liberty for the Virginia Tech Classic as the Hokies face JMU on Sept. 10 before squaring off with WVU on Sept. 12. Tech hits the roads to State College, Pa., next as it lines up against host Penn State and Ohio State at the Penn State Nike Classic on Sept. 17-19. A short ride to Radford for the "Battle for the New River Rock" is scheduled for Sept. 25 before the Hokies open ACC play hosting Wake Forest on Sept. 28. Last season, Tech narrowly lost to the third-ranked Demon Deacons, 1-0, at home. The Hokies then travel to Clemson for a re-match of last season's NCAA first round match. Tech plays the Tigers on Oct. 1 as part of the Clemson Nike Classic. On Oct. 3, Tech is scheduled to conclude that tournament against Big South defending champion Coastal Carolina. Following a conference match on Duke on Oct. 8, Tech opens a three-match homestand with High Point on Oct. 12. Maryland visits the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium on Oct. 17, followed by a North Carolina match-up on Oct. 20. A road match at Liberty is scheduled for Oct. 23 before the Hokies return to Blacksburg for their final home match of the season against long-time rival Virginia. The Hokies and Cavaliers have played 21 times since 1972, but the series has been idle since 1999. Two road matches wrap up the regular season. The Hokies venture to Williamsburg, Va., on Nov. 3 for a renewal of the William and Mary rivalry. Tech concludes at North Carolina State on Nov. 6. The ACC tournament is set for Nov. 10-12 at SAS Park in Cary, N.C.