Hokies Ready For A Pair Of League Matches
Weekly notes for Sept. 24-Oct. 1
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.