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Men's soccer ranked 25th in the nation
Hokies to face seven of the College Soccer News' Top 20
August 1, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team, which doesn't play its first exhibition game until Aug. 17, has already garnered a national honor. College Soccer News recently announced its preseason poll, and the Hokies have been ranked 25th.

The incoming freshman class of Craig Brutus, Charles Campbell, James Carroll, Jonathan Collier, Brendan Dunn, Alex George and James Gilson has also been ranked by the publication as the 32nd-most talented in the country.

Tech is slated to face seven of the top 20 teams during the 2006 campaign. The Hokies will play host to No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Virginia, No. 15 Clemson and No. 19 Wake Forest, while hitting the road to take on No. 1 Maryland, No. 12 Duke and No. 17 St. John's. Also on the schedule is an exhibition match against No. 20 Old Dominion.

Fifth-year head coach Oliver Weiss returns a solid core of experienced players from a 2005 squad that went 10-5-5, earning Tech's first-ever Top-10 (Soccer America) ranking in the process following a midseason upset of then-No. 5 Virginia. The Hokies finished the season ranked No. 23 by Soccer Times and No. 14 by Soccer America, the program's highest-ever final ranking.

The Hokies' 2006 season officially begins on Aug. 25, then they match up against Navy at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore.

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