Hokies Picked To Finish Ninth In ACC
Tech garners 20 points
August 5, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech received 20 points for the ninth spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer preseason poll, as determined by a vote of the league's nine head coaches.

The Duke Blue Devils, one of two schools that reached the College Cup in 2004, tallied 74 points en route to being named the preseason favorite. North Carolina, who garnered two of the remaining four first-place votes were second in the ACC with 66 points. Maryland, picked to finish third in the conference, was the other conference school that advanced to the College Cup last season. The Terrapins received two first-place votes, accounting for part of their 63 points.

Virginia (59), Wake Forest (39), Boston College (33), Clemson (30), and NC State (21) were picked to finish fourth through eighth, respectively.

Last season, the Hokies finished 9-10-1 overall and 2-5 in conference competition, but knocked off No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Virginia. Tech returns nine starters and 20 letterwinners. The Hokies also add eight newcomers.

After two exhibition games, the Hokies open the season at the James Madison Tournament on Sept. 2, when they face Towson at 5 p.m. Tech's first home game will be against Tulsa on Sept. 9 at 7:45 p.m.