Men's soccer chosen seventh in ACC
Preseason coaches' poll released
August 11, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 2006 Virginia Tech men's soccer team has been picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference according to a preseason coaches' poll released by the league office Thursday.

The Hokies received 33 points in a vote by the league's head coaches. North Carolina tops the poll with 73 points, including four first-place votes. Virginia was tabbed second with 65 points, while Maryland took third with 62. Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest precede Tech in that order, while Boston College and N.C. State round out the nine-team list.

In 2005, the Hokies lost to only two teams currently ahead of them in the preseason poll, with one of those defeats a 2-1 double-overtime loss at the hands of eventual national champion Maryland. Among Tech's ACC victories was a shutout of No. 4 North Carolina, a 2-1 overtime win over No. 5 Virginia and a 4-0 blanking of No. 7 N.C. State. Head coach Oliver Weiss' squad also tied No. 7 Duke, No. 19 Boston College and Clemson.

The Hokies, who return an experienced roster that includes nine players who started at least nine games, will look to make a similar jump to last season where they were predicted to finish last but ended up in fourth with a 3-2-3 mark. They have also been ranked 25th in the nation by the College Soccer News preseason poll.

Virginia Tech's 2006 campaign kicks off Aug. 25 with a match against Navy at the UMBC Soccer Classic.