Nyarko Named To College Soccer News All-Freshman Team
Third Hokie to earn All-Freshman Team honors under Weiss
December 16, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech forward Patrick Nyarko (Kumasi, Ghana) has been selected to the College Soccer News All-Freshman first team. He becomes the third player to earn the honor during head coach Oliver Weiss' tenure.

Nyarko was one of the most productive players in the Atlantic Coast Conference during his freshman campaign and was a catalyst to the Hokies' success. He started 12 of the 15 matches in which he played. During that time, Nyarko tallied team-bests with eight goals, 22 points, and four game-winning goals. He was also second on the team with six assists.

During ACC play, Nyarko finished second in the league in goals per game (0.86), points per game (1.86) and game-winning goals per game (0.29). He also finished third in shots per game (3.14).

Nyarko helped guide the Hokies to a 10-5-5 overall mark, including a 3-2-3 finish in the ACC, which led to a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He was a two-time ACC Player of the Week. On two occasions, he was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. On Nov. 2, Nyarko was named the Soccer America Player of the Week. Nyarko grabbed ACC Freshman of the Year honors in addition to his first-team All-ACC selection.

Also named to the first team was: Lee Nguyen (Indiana), O'Brien White (Connecticut), Yannick Reyering (Virginia), Scott Campbell (North Carolina), Eric Avila (UC Santa Barbara), Sal Zizzo (UCLA), Trevor Banks (Old Dominion), Brad Rushin (UCLA), Jeff Buddenbohn (Sacramento State) and Chris Seitz (Maryland).

In 2002, Peer Rogge was named to the first-team All-Freshman squad by College Soccer News as was Ben Nason in 2003.