Tech Soccer Programs Open 2002 Season This Weekend
    Men's and women's soccer preview
    August 29, 2002

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams open their respective 2002 seasons this weekend. Both teams play away from home with the men's team visiting Old Dominion on Friday night and the women's team traveling to Indiana for a match against No. 7 Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 1.

    hokiesports.com previews both matches below:

    MEN'S SOCCER: at Old Dominion - Friday, Aug. 30

    WOMEN'S SOCCER : at No. 7 Notre Dame - Sunday, Sept. 1

    MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW

    Season Opener
    During the program's first 30 seasons, Tech has posted an 18-10-2 record in season openers and an 11-7-1 record when the first game of the season is played on the road The Hokies have won five of their last six season openers, including the last three Last season, Tech posted an 8-2 record on the road.

    Series Information
    Since Virginia Tech elevated its men's soccer program to varsity status in 1972, Old Dominion holds a 3-0-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Hokies. The teams last met in Blacksburg during the 2000 season when the Monarchs defeated Tech, 4-3. After the two teams tied the first three meetings, ODU has won the last three.

    Coaching Debut
    On Feb. 1, 2002, Oliver Weiss became the third head coach at Tech in the program's 31 year history. Prior to coming to Tech, Weiss served as the top assistant at the University of North Carolina from 1999-2001. Weiss is no stranger to soccer in the state of Virginia. Following his four years as a standout player at the University of Richmond, Weiss coached youth soccer in Virginia and then served as an assistant coach at William & Mary from 1996-99.

    Tech's Rogge Recognized by Soccer Publication
    Virginia Tech freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) has been recognized by CollegeSoccerNews.com as one of the "Freshmen to Watch in 2002" in the online publication's recently released listing of the nation's top freshmen. Rogge, who played for the 5th Division club TSB Flensburg in Germany last year, is expected to contribute to the Hokies' offense as an attacking midfielder. In Tech's first preseason exhibition match, Rogge netted three goals against Greensboro College.

    Click here to view the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Notebook

    WOMEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW
    Program's 10th Anniversary
    The 2002 season marks the 10th anniversary of the women's soccer program being elevated to varsity status. During the program's first nine seasons, the Hokies have produced a 70-89-10 record under the direction of head coach Sam Okpodu. In that stretch the Hokies are 4-4-1 in season openers.

    Hokies Versus Notre Dame
    This weekend's match up against No. 7-ranked Notre Dame is the first meeting ever between the two clubs. Although both are BIG EAST-affiliated teams, the contest will not affect Tech's conference record since the teams play in different divisions of the BIG EAST. Interim head coach Jerry Cheynet will guide the Hokies on Sunday since Okpodu was granted a temporary leave of absence to work with the U-19 Nigerian national team at the FIFA Women's World Championships.

    Tech Enters Second Season in BIG EAST
    The 2001 season marked the Hokies' inaugural season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Tech posted a 1-4-1 record in the Northeast division, recording a 4-0 victory over St. John's and a 1-1 tie against Miami. In the 2002 preseason poll the Hokies were selected to finish fifth in the Mid-Atlantic division. Every conference team plays three cross-divisional games in a season, with the Hokies facing Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

    Scoring by Committee - Exhibition Recap
    In its lone exhibition match of the 2002 preseason, Tech cruised to a 5-1 victory over visiting George Mason. The coaching staff received a complete team effort in the victory with five different players scoring. Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth was the lone Hokie to record a goal and an assist in the match. Sophomore Natasha Dirda made three saves in goal for Tech in her first game action since joining the team last spring.

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