Two Crucial BIG EAST Matches Ahead For Hokies
Weekly notes for Oct. 8-15
October 8, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE MEN'S SOCCER: Wednesday, Oct. 8 - Hokies host Connecticut, 7 p.m., at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11 - Hokies at Boston College, 1 p.m., in Chestnut Hill, Mass. HOKIES RANKED NATIONALLY: For the first time since the 1997 season, the Hokies are ranked nationally. Virginia Tech is ranked 16th by NSCAA/Adidas and 17th by Soccer America this week. The Hokies were ranked as high as 14th during that 1997 season. SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies trail in the series with Connecticut 2-0-0. Last season, the Huskies beat the Hokies 2-0 in Storrs. Boston College also leads the young series with the Hokies 1-0-0. In 2001, the Eagles defeated VT 2-1 in Blacksburg. SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * The Connecticut Huskies are 4-4-2 and 2-1-2 in the BIG EAST. They have played four double-overtime matches in 2003. Ray Reid leads the Huskies and is in his seventh season as head coach. * The Boston College Eagles are 5-4-1 and 3-2-1 in the BIG EAST. They are currently just ahead of the Hokies with 10 total league points. Ed Kelly leads the Eagles and posted an 18-5-0 mark last season. HOKIES MOVE UP IN REGION: In addition to being ranked nationally, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team is also ranked 3rd in the South Atlantic Region this week. The rankings are compiled by NSCAA/Adidas. HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies' five goals against Syracuse was a season-high...It was the third consecutive year the Hokies had beaten the Orangemen...Sophomore Charlie Howe had three career assists going into the SU match and equaled that total with three in the match. He also had a goal...The Hokies have had incredible balance in scoring this season...Bobby O'Brien, Ken Jonmaire and Scott Spangler each have four goals to lead Virginia Tech...Spangler has scored a goal in three consecutive matches. SCANNING THE BIG EAST REPORT: The Hokies are currently fifth in the league with a 3-1-0 record for nine points. St. John's, at 4-1-0, leads the conference. 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 - 3rd, Assists - 2nd, Assists Per Match - 3rd, Goals Allowed - 3rd, Goals Against Average - 3rd, Saves - 10th, Shutouts - 2nd, Corner Kicks - 1st INDIVIDUAL STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats: Shots - Ben Nason, 3rd, Shots - Peer Rogge, 3rd, Shots - Bobby O'Brien, 6th, Shots Per Match - Ben Nason, 5th, Shots Per Match - Peer Rogge, 5th, Shots Per Match - Bobby O'Brien, 7th, Points - Bobby O'Brien, 8th, Goals - Ken Jonmaire, 9th, Goals - Bobby O'Brien, 9th, Goals - Scott Spangler, 9th , Goals Per Match - Ken Jonmaire, 9th, Assists - Ben Nason, 5th, Assists - Bailey Allman, 8th, Assists - Bobby O'Brien, 8th, Assists - Charlie Howe, 8th, Assists Per Match - Ben Nason, 8th, Saves - Chase Harrison, 5th, Shutouts - Chase Harrison, 2nd, Shutouts Per Match - Chase Harrison, 6th, Goals Against Average - Chase Harrison, 3rd, Save Percentage - Chase Harrison, 5th SOUTH ATLANTIC RANKINGS: Freshman Ben Nason and junior Bailey Allman rank eighth in the South Atlantic NCAA stats region in assists (4). Goalkeeper Chase Harrison ranks third in goals against average (0.78) and sixth in saves (39). Bobby O'Brien ranks 14th in points (11) and junior Ken Jonmaire ranks 19th (9). HOKIES DOT NCAA STATS: According the latest NCAA stats (updated through matches of Oct. 5), the Hokies rank 20th in win-loss percentage, 28th in team goals against average, 34th in scoring offense and 60th in shutout percentage. HOWE DID HE DO IT: Sophomore Charlie Howe seemed like he was everywhere on the field at once Sunday at Syracuse. Howe served up three assists and scored a goal also. The three assists tied his career total. Howe has been efficient in 2003. Of his six shots, four have been on-goal. NEARING A GOAL: One of the team's goals is to increase their win total from last year. At 8-2-1, the Hokies need just three more wins to accomplish that goal. The school record for wins is 14, set during head coach's Jerry Cheynet's tenure in 1997. RIGHT ON THE BRINK: Hokie senior Bobby O'Brien is just sitting on the outside of the career best lists in two stat categories. He has 18 career goals and needs just one to move into 10th place in career goals. That goal would also allow him to move into 10th place in career points. He currently has 49. Junior Ken Jonmaire is creeping closer to the charts as well. He has 16 career goals and seven career assists for 39 points. UP NEXT: The Hokies host league-leading St. John's on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.