Nason Named To College Soccer News All-Freshmen Team
Hokies' assist leader earns first-team selection
December 15, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - After a breakout first season, Virginia Tech men's soccer player Ben Nason (Fr., Stafford, Va.) has been named to the 2003 College Soccer News first-team all-Freshmen squad.

Nason, who enrolled at Virginia Tech in January 2003 after graduating high school a semester early, was a catalyst in the Hokies' success. He led the team with nine assists and added three goals for 15 points. Nason also led the team with 69 shots. For his efforts, he was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. In just his second match as a Hokie, he scored the game-winning goal against Mercer. He led a Tech offense that ranked first in the BIG EAST with 19 shots per match, and Nason helped lead the Hokies to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the second round. He was a key player in leading the Hokies to a 14-5-3 record, tying a school record for wins.

Nason becomes the second Hokie in as many years to earn this first-team honor. Peer Rogge received the accolade after the 2002 season.

Also named to the first-team was: Chad Barrett (F, UCLA), Vedad Ibisevic (F, St. Louis), Jamie Watson (F, North Carolina), Willie Sims (F, Cal State Northridge), Ramon Nunez (MF, Southern Methodist), Will John (MF, St. Louis), Jed Zayner (D, National Champion Indiana), Brandon Owens (D, UCLA), Ty Hardin (D, Washington) and Brad Guzon (GK, South Carolina).