Virginia Tech Releases 2005 Schedule
Hokies host 10 home games
June 6, 2005 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Home Atlantic Coast Conference contests against Boston College, Duke, N.C. State and Maryland highlight the 2005 Virginia Tech men's soccer schedule. The Hokies open the ACC season with back-to-back home matches against Boston College and Duke at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. Tech will travel to Wake Forest, North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia this season. "As we welcome Boston College to the league, their addition makes our conference even stronger," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "This gives us eight great ACC games - four at home and four away." The non-conference schedule is highlighted by the third annual Virginia Tech Classic. This year's classic includes James Madison, Penn State and Tulsa. Tech will face Tulsa and Penn State. The Hokies will host non-conference opponents Davidson, Liberty, the University of Charleston and Radford. Tech will begin the season by traveling to James Madison for a weekend tournament. In Harrisonburg, the Hokies will face Towson before finishing the tournament by taking on James Madison. Tech will stay out of conference for road games at George Washington and at Elon. "We want to test our team early," Weiss stated. "We will have some terrific, competitive match-ups in our tournament." The schedule features nine opponents that reached the NCAA Championship last season. The Hokies have 10 home games in 2005 compared to seven in 2004. "Not too many teams have a schedule like ours," Weiss said. "Having 10 home games is wonderful compared to last year. It should be a nice treat for the fans and players. We are excited to play all the teams on the schedule and hope the fans will embrace men's soccer in the ACC and non-conference games." Tech returns nine starters from last season's team that finished with a 9-10-1 record and defeated then-No. 1 Duke and then-No. 2 Virginia for the first time in school history.