Men's Soccer Defeats Greensboro in Exhibition
Hokies will challenge No. 24 Wake Forest on Saturday
August 22, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team continued their preparation for the 2002 season with a preseason exhibition game against Greensboro College on Thursday, Aug. 22. The two teams played three 30-minute periods at Moseley Field with the Hokies coming out on top, 4-1.

"I am happy with the fact that we were able to play all 22 players. That is not always an easy thing to do," head coach Oliver Weiss comments. Overall, I think we are right where we need to be after one week of preseason workouts. We are not clicking offensively yet. We still have some work to do, but we expected that. We are happy with our progress to this point in the preseason."

Freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) tallied three goals in his first action as a Hokie. Senior Eric Prigot (Park Ridge, N.J.) accounted for the other Tech score, tallying the first goal of the match. Despite the three-goal margin of victory, the Hokies focus remained on improving as a team.

"It's good to get out on the field in a preseason game and get to know how each player thinks," Prigot explains. "It gives us a chance to get use to each other on the field. Games like this will definitely help us prepare for the season."

The Hokies will be back on the practice field tomorrow afternoon as they prepare for their next preseason challenge: a meeting with Wake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 24. The Demon Deacons are ranked No. 24 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll.

"Saturday will be another good test for us," senior Keith Benderoth comments. "Wake Forest is a very good team and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Tech will officially kick-off the 2002 season on Friday, Aug. 30, in Norfolk, Va., against Old Dominion.