Hokies To Host Clemson in NCAA Tournament
First round match set for Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
November 17, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's men's soccer team is set to host Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies, who finished second in the BIG EAST regular season this year, will be making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Tickets for the NCAA match will be set at $7 for adults and $3 for children or students who present their I.D.

"We set our goal very high this year, and that was to make the NCAA tournament," said Virginia Tech head coach Oliver Weiss, whose team is 14-4-2. We've done that now, so I think we should feel like we accomplished our goals. It's exciting for the players to see that they worked hard, set their goals and actually achieved them. This is just the beginning. We made the tournament, now we want to win the games."

The Hokies will also be meeting the Tigers for the first time in the history of the program, which began in 1972. However, this won't be the only time the teams will meet. This match is a preview to the level of competition the Hokies will be facing next season as they join the ACC.

"Playing an ACC game is always fun. I think it will help the crowd because the lure of the game. Having a home game is excellent. It shows that the committee recognizes that the team as done well over the season. I think it's great that they matched up the ACC against a BIG EAST team because it's two of the premier conferences in the country."

The winner of Friday's match will move into the second round to face the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. That match is scheduled for Nov. 26 in Richmond, Va. The Rams are the ninth seed in the field of 48.

The Clemson Tigers, coached by Trevor Adair, are 9-7-3 overall heading into the tournament. The Tigers finished in a tie for sixth place in the ACC regular season. Charlie Roberts and Andre Borges lead Clemson with five goals and an assist apiece.