Hokies Host Radford, Notre Dame
Battle for the New River Rock set for tonight
October 22, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE MEN'S SOCCER: Wednesday, Oct. 22 - #18 Hokies vs. Radford, 6 p.m., Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium Saturday, Oct. 25 - #18 Hokies vs. #15 Notre Dame, 7 p.m., Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium HOKIES CRACK TOP 10: This week, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team is ranked 18th in NSCAA/Adidas poll and 9th in the SoccerAmerica top 25, making the Hokies the highest-ranked BIG EAST team in that poll. That ranking is also the highest spot for any Hokie team in history. The 1997 team reached 14th. SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies lead 15-10-2 in the "Battle for the New River Rock" series with Radford. Radford won last year's meeting 2-0. Notre Dame leads the series with Virginia Tech 2-0-0. Last season, the Hokies dropped a 2-1 match in South Bend. SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * The Radford Highlanders are 6-6-1. Patrick Colas leads the team with eight goals. Erik Sokolik has five goals and four assists. * The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 8-8-3 and 3-3-1 in the BIG EAST. Devon Prescod leads the team with eight goals. REGION RANKING: In addition to being ranked nationally, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team is also ranked 4th in the South Atlantic Region this week. The rankings are compiled by NSCAA/Adidas. HOKIE TRACKS: The Hokies moved into second place in the BIG EAST this week...Sophomore Dustin Dyer was named BIG EAST co-Offensive Player of the Week...The Hokies have won four of the last five matches...Saturday will be designated as Senior Night, and the Hokies will honor seniors Harold Russell, Greg Hermandorfer, Lasse Mertins and Bobby O'Brien...The win against sixth-ranked St. John's marked the highest ranked team the Hokies had ever beaten. LEAGUE STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokies rank in the BIG EAST stats: Shots - 1st, Points - 4th, Goals - 4th, Goals Per Match - 5th, Assists - 4th, Assists Per Match - 5th, Goals Allowed -2nd, Goals Against Average - 3rd, Saves - 9th, Shutouts - 7th, Corner Kicks - 1st INDIVIDUAL STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats: Shots - Ben Nason, 5th, Shots - Peer Rogge, 5th, Shots - Bobby O'Brien, 10th, Shots Per Match - Ben Nason, 6th, Shots Per Match - Peer Rogge, 6th, Shots Per Match - Bobby O'Brien, 10th, Assists - Ben Nason, 5th, Saves - Chase Harrison, 6th, Shutouts - Chase Harrison, 5th, Goals Against Average - Chase Harrison, 4th, Save Percentage - Chase Harrison, 5th. SOUTH ATLANTIC RANKINGS: Freshman Ben Nason ranks ninth in the South Atlantic NCAA stats region in assists (5). Goalkeeper Chase Harrison ranks sixth in goals against average (0.89) and seventh in saves (54). LOOKING TO REGAIN THE ROCK: The Hokies will be looking to regain possession of the coveted New River Rock tonight when they host Radford. The teams have been playing since 1975, but the trophy for the match was started in the 1980s. Last season, Radford shutout Virginia Tech 2-0. A JOYOUS NIGHT: Sophomore Dustin Dyer's goal off an indirect kick last Saturday against sixth-ranked St. John's proved to be the game-winner. For his effort, Dyer was named BIG EAST co-offensive Player of the Week. It was Dyer's first career goal as a Hokie after he transferred from Christopher Newport University after last season. HOKIES' DEFENSE STRONG THIS YEAR: The Hokies have not allowed more than two goals in a match this year, and that has been a major factor in the team's success. The Hokies have pitched four shutouts and have allowed just one goal on seven occasions. WAY ABOVE THE AVERAGE: Virginia Tech slammed the St. John's' net with 17 shots on Saturday. That was against a team that led the conference by only allowing five shots per match. The Hokies lead the BIG EAST with 18.0 shots per match. UP NEXT: The Hokies play their second-to-last home match on Wednesday, Oct. 29, when Pittsburgh visits for a 6 p.m. match.