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Five Named To All-ACC Academic Team
Baden, Dyer, Einarsson, Harrison and Roach earn honors
February 9, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five Virginia Tech men's soccer student-athletes were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, as released by the ACC office.

To be eligible for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 GPA for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Alexander Baden, a freshman from Visselh-vede, Germany, earned a 3.50 GPA in his first collegiate semester. The university studies major was one of four players that started every match this year. The defender netted one goal and had two assists. Baden played a key role in Tech's consecutive minutes without allowing a goal (495:03).

Senior defender Dustin Dyer played in all 20 matches, starting 11. The biology major garnered a 3.25 GPA last semester and has a cumulative GPA of 3.67. Dyer, a native of Ashland, Va., tallied a goal and four assists during Tech's second season in the ACC. After the 2005 season, he was named a third-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA.

Magnus Einarsson, a senior from Hafnarfj-rdur, Iceland, earned a 4.00 GPA last semester and has a 4.00 GPA in his mechanical engineering graduate work. The midfielder scored his first collegiate goal on a penalty kick in the 2-2 tie with Duke. Einarsson went on to score six goals on the season, converting on both penalty kick attempts. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III team.

Senior goalkeeper Chase Harrison had a 3.48 GPA last semester and has a 3.45 GPA for his collegiate career. The apparel housing/resource management major holds nearly every school record. During his final season, Harrison, a native of Huntington, W. Va., tied the school record for shutouts (8) while also playing all but 10 minutes during Tech's record-setting streak of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Harrison started all 20 matches for the Hokies and played all but 30:35 in goal.

Greg Roach, a senior midfielder from Woodbridge, Va., earned a GPA of 3.42 last semester and has a cumulative GPA of 3.35 in history. He netted three goals and had five assists for 11 points. Roach's third goal of the season was the game-winning goal against George Washington.

During the 2005 season, Tech earned its first-ever first-round bye in the NCAA Championships. The Hokies also notched its highest-ever ranking, coming in at No. 10 for two weeks during the season. Tech set school records for consecutive matches won (7) and consecutive matches unbeaten (10).

"It has been a terrific academic year for our team," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "The All-ACC Academic soccer team selection reiterates that. It's great having the most players (5) selected from our team. It speaks volumes about the quality student-athletes that we recruit into our program. It also underlines our focus and priorities here at Virginia Tech. I am very happy for Chase, Magnus, Greg, Dustin, and Alexander to receive this inaugural academic honor from the ACC."

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