Hokies Set To Host Providence In BIG EAST Tournament
Weekly notes for Nov. 5-12: Quarterfinals Preview
November 5, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE MEN'S SOCCER: Sunday, Nov. 9 - No. 2 Hokies host No. 7 Providence, 1 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium (BIG EAST Quarterfinal round) HOKIES BACK IN THE TOURNAMENT: After narrowly missing the tournament last season, the Hokies return to the BIG EAST tournament this year for the first time since 2001. In 2001, Virginia Tech lost its first round match to Connecticut 2-1. HOKIES TIE RECORD: With their 7-1 win against Liberty Tuesday night, the 2003 Hokies tied the 1997 team for most wins in a season with 14. SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies and Friars are tied 1-1-0, with the last game coming just last week at Providence. In that match, the Hokies escaped with a 1-0 win thanks to a successful penalty kick by senior Bobby O'Brien. SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: * The Providence Friars are 6-9-2. They finished seventh in the BIG EAST with a 4-5-1 record. Eoin Lynch, who was held scoreless in last weeks' Friars-Hokies match, leads the team with eight goals. THE TOURNAMENT PICTURE: Here are the match-ups for the rest of the tournament. No. 8 Villanova at No. 1 St. John's, Saturday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. No. 5 Seton Hall at No. 4 Rutgers, Saturday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. No. 6 Connecticut at No. 3 Notre Dame, Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. Semifinals: 3/6 winner vs. 2/7 winner, Friday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m. in Storrs, Conn. / 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner, Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., in Storrs, Conn. Championship: Semifinal winners, Sunday, Nov. 16, Noon, in Storrs, Conn. NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RANKING: The Hokies stayed right where they were at 23rd in the NSCAA top 25 this week, while they jumped one spot up to 14th in the SoccerAmerica top 25 poll. Regionally, the Hokies are ranked 5th by the NSCAA. HOKIE TRACKS: The Hokies took a season-high 34 shots against Liberty...Virginia Tech scored seven goals in the second half, marking the third match in the last five they had scored four or more goals in the second half...Overall, the Hokies are outscoring their opponents 30-9 in the second half...All but one Hokie non-redshirted player has scored at least one goal or had one assist during the season...Freshman Mohamed Said scored his first career goal against Liberty...Senior Bobby O'Brien is now ninth in career goals (24), 10th in career assists (15) and ninth in career points (63).The Hokies are just one goal shy of tying a school record for goals in a season (46)...Twelve players have either multiple goals or assists. LEAGUE STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokies rank in the BIG EAST stats heading into the tournament (conference matches only): Shots - 1st, Points - 2nd, Goals - 2nd, Goals Per Match - 2nd, Assists - 2nd, Assists Per Match - 2nd, Goals Allowed - 3rd, Goals Against Average - 5th, Saves - 7th, Shutouts - 4th, Corner Kicks - 2nd INDIVIDUAL STAT WATCH: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats: Shots - Ben Nason, 7th, Shots - Peer Rogge, 8th, Shots Per Match - Ben Nason, 7th, Shots Per Match - Peer Rogge, 8th, Points - Peer Rogge, 5th, Points - Scott Spangler, 9th, Points Per Match - Peer Rogge, 5th, Points Per Match - Scott Spangler, 9th, Goals - Peer Rogge, 6th, Goals - Scott Spangler, 9th, Goals Per Match - Peer Rogge, 6th, Goals Per Match - Scott Spangler, 9th, Assists - Ben Nason, 8th, Assists Per Match - Ben Nason, 10th, Saves - Chase Harrison, 4th, Shutouts - Chase Harrison, 8th, Goals Against Average - Chase Harrison, 5th, Save Percentage - Chase Harrison, 3rd. SOUTH ATLANTIC RANKINGS: Freshman Ben Nason ranks fourth in the South Atlantic NCAA stats region in assists (8). Goalkeeper Chase Harrison ranks fifth in goals against average (0.81) and sixth in saves (73). Senior Bobby O'Brien ranks 11th in goals (9) and 11th in points (23). ON A ROLL: The Hokies are playing, quite possibly, their best soccer heading into the BIG EAST tournament. They have won six of their last seven matches and have outscored their opponents 24-6 during that span. LEAGUE HONORS A PAIR OF HOKIES: For their outstanding play last week. The BIG EAST Office honored Hokie players Lasse Mertins and Chase Harrison. Mertins was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Harrison was named Goalkeeper of the Week. It was the second and third times a Hokies' player has received a BIG EAST weekly award. Scott Spangler earned Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 29. HOKIES IN THE NCAA CHARTS: Through matches of Nov. 2, the Hokies ranked 13th nationally in won-lost-tied percentage (13-4-1) and 23rd in scoring offense (2.11 goals per match). Goalkeeper Chase Harrison ranked 29th nationally in goals against average (0.80). WHERE'S THE SCORING COMING FROM: A breakdown of the Hokies' scoring in 2003. Seniors (O'Brien, Mertins, Russell, Hermandorfer): 13 goals, 7 assists, 33 points, 70 shots Juniors (Jonmaire, Allman, Peter Woody): 8 goals, 7 assists, 23 points, 23 shots Sophomores (Howe, Roach, Rogge): 8 goals, 8 assists, 24 points, 83 shots Freshman (Dillie, Dyer, Nason, Spangler, Said, Steuck, Vickers): 16 goals, 14 assists, 46 points, 153 shots Virginia Natives (O'Brien, Allman, Nason, Howe, Dyer, Roach, Woody, Hermandorfer, Said): 23 goals, 25 assists, 71 points Non-Virginia Natives (Steuck, Dillie, Russell, Vickers, Spangler, Rogge, Jonmaire): 22 goals, 11 assists, 55 points. TEAM OF THE WEEK AWARDS: Two Hokies have received SoccerAmerica Team of the Week Awards in 2003. Charlie Howe received an honor after his three assist-one goal performance at Syracuse. Dustin Dyer was honored after his game-winning goal in the St. John's match. UP NEXT: With a win, the Hokies would advance to the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 14, against either host Connecticut or Notre Dame.