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    Virginia Tech Men's Soccer Scores Top 25 Preseason Ranking
    Hokies begin the season 21st
    July 28, 2004

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team enters the 2004 season as the 21st ranked team in Division I according to the College Soccer News Top 30 preseason poll.

    "We appreciate the early recognition but cannot waste time thinking about this because we have games to win," said head coach Oliver Weiss. "We want to worry about the rankings after the national championship."

    Indiana claimed the No. 1 spot. St. John's, North Carolina, Saint Louis, and UCLA rounded out the top five. Five Atlantic Coast Conference squads were in the poll. Along with the Tar Heels, Wake Forest and Virginia entered the top 10 at sixth and eighth, respectively. Maryland is No. 12. In all, Tech faces five schools that are currently ranked during the 2004 campaign. They tangle with four others who received votes.

    Two other ACC schools, Clemson and Duke, received votes. Coastal Carolina, ranked 15th, was the only other school on Tech's schedule to crack the poll. The Hokies face Penn State and UNC-Greensboro, who also received votes.

    In 2003, the Hokies finished ranked No. 24 by College Soccer News and as high as 15th by Soccer America magazine poll after going 14-5-3 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST. Last season, Tech made the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, advancing to the second round by knocking off Clemson in a penalty kick shootout.

    The Hokies open the season with the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro on September 1, in Greensboro, N.C., at 7 p.m.

    For the complete 2004 College Soccer News Preseason Top 30 National Poll, visit www.collegesoccernews.com.

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