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September 24, 2003

THIS WEEK IN HOKIE MEN'S SOCCER:

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Hokies at Georgetown, 3 p.m., in Washington D.C. (BIG EAST match)

Sunday, Sept. 28 - Hokies host Rutgers, 2 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium (BIG EAST match / doubleheader with women's soccer)

HOKIES WIN THIRD TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR: Virginia Tech defeated #22 Dayton and IUPUI last weekend to win the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic. It was the third tournament Virginia Tech participated in this year, and the Hokies made it three-for-three in tournament titles. The Hokies won the Radford Tournament and shared the title at their own tournament.

SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies are 1-1-0 against Georgetown and won 4-1 last year. Virginia Tech leads the series with Rutgers 1-0-0. The Hokies won 3-2 in New Jersey in 2001.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:

* The Georgetown Hoyas are currently 2-3-2 overall and 0-2-0 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas have played three double-overtime matches this year, including a 2-2 tie with #5 Indiana. With five goals, Ricky Schramm ranks second in the league in goals.

* The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are ranked 10th in the nation this week and are 5-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights lead the league in goals and goals per match. Senior forward Josh Gros is the conference leader in points with 16.

HOKIES REGIONALLY RANKED: The Virginia Tech men's soccer team is ranked 5th in the South Atlantic Region this week. The rankings are compiled by NSCAA/Adidas.

HOKIE NOTES: Head coach Oliver Weiss and assistants Kevin Korondi and John Sexton ran in the 2003 U.S. Air Force Marathon last Saturday while the Hokies had the day off in Dayton...All three coaches ran the marathon in less than four hours to finish in the top tier of the nearly 3,000 runners...Freshman Ben Nason was named MVP of the Dayton Flyer Classic.

A LOOK AT THE BIG EAST: The Virginia Tech Hokies are currently in fourth place in the BIG EAST with a 1-0-0 record. St. John's leads the league at 4-0-0.

LEAGUE STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokies rank in the BIG EAST stats:

Shots - 1st

Points - 3rd

Goals - 3rd

Goals Per Match - 5th

Assists - 4th

Assists Per Match - 5th

Goals Allowed - 2nd

Goals Against Average - 4th

Saves - 11th

Shutouts - 1st

Corner Kicks - 1st

INDIVIDUAL STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats:

Shots - Bobby O'Brien, 2nd

Shots Per Match - Bobby O'Brien, 3rd

Points - Bobby O'Brien, 10th

Points - Ken Jonmaire, 10th

Points Per Match - Ken Jonmaire, 8th

Goals - Ken Jonmaire, 8th

Goals - Bobby O'Brien, 8th

Goals Per Match - Ken Jonmaire, 8th

Assists - Ben Nason, 4th

Assists - Bailey Allman, 8th

Saves - Chase Harrison, 6th

Shutouts - Chase Harrison, 1st

Shutouts Per Match - Chase Harrison, 4th

SOUTH ATLANTIC RANKINGS: Freshman Ben Nason ranks second in the South Atlantic region in assists (4). Goalkeeper Chase Harrison ranks fourth in goals against average (0.60) and eighth in saves (25). Bobby O'Brien and Ken Jonmaire rank 19th in points (7).

THIS MATCH BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NUMBER TWO: The number two has been very familiar to the Hokies this season. Virginia Tech has scored two goals in six of its eight matches, and the Hokies have allowed two goals or less in all eight matches.

BALANCING ACT: Coach Weiss has been getting a very balanced scoring effort from his team this year. In all, eight different Hokies have at least one goal, while five players have at least one assist. Nine players have at least one point. Six different players have tallied game-winning goals so far.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Four Hokie players earned all-tournament awards at the Dayton Flyer Classic. Freshman Ben Nason earned the highest honor as he was named Most Valuable Player. Goalkeeper Chase Harrison, defender Lasse Mertins and forward Ken Jonmaire also received honors as the Hokies won the team title with a 2-0 record.

ACCURACY AND EFFICIENCY: Freshman Eric Vickers has only four shots on goal this year, but Vickers has been very efficient, as two of the shots were goals. He scored the second goal last Friday as the Hokies defeated #22 Dayton 2-0.

UP NEXT: The Hokies travel to Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 5 for a 1 p.m. match with the Orangemen.

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