Tech Announces Men's Soccer Signees
    Four players to join the Hokies in 2002
    July 17, 2002

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech men's soccer coach Oliver Weiss has announced the signing of four players for the 2002-2003 academic year.

    Lasse Mertins is a defender from Rotenburg, Germany. The 6-2, 180 lbs. 24-year-old played for Rotenburger SV in the Oberliga Niedersachen (4th Division) and attended Ratsgymnasium Rotenburg. He is a veteran of the German Army and will be a first-year graduate student in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, where he will major in Accounting and Information Systems.

    Peer Rogge is a midfielder from Schleswig, Germany. The 6-1, 180 lbs. 21-year-old played for TSB Flensburg in the Verbansliga Schleswig-Holstein (5th Division) and attended Gymnasium Schleswig. He will be a freshman at Virginia Tech and plans to major in business or education.

    Charlie Howe is a midfielder from Mechanicsville, Va. The 5-8, 145 lbs. 18-year-old is a graduate of Atlee High School, where he was a first-team All-State selection as a senior. He also played for the Williamsburg Soccer Club in Williamsburg, Va.

    Chase Harrison is a goalkeeper from Huntington, W.Va. He graduated from Huntington High School, where he was a first-team All-State selection as a senior. He also played for the Charleston United Football Club in Charleston, W.Va. He will major in building construction.

    "I'm very pleased with our 2002 recruits," Weiss said. "Though it was a short recruiting period for me, I believe we filled the needs of our program that we have on the field. This group brings a great deal of experience into our program. They are veteran type players that will give us immediate leadership that is needed in the BIG EAST Conference."

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