Men's soccer to battle Clemson Saturday night
Crucial ACC match set for 7 p.m.
October 13, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team will host the No. 3 Clemson Tigers Saturday night at 7 p.m. in an all-important ACC matchup that is crucial for the Hokie's conference tournament seeding.

Following the bout with the Tigers, Tech's last two conference matches come against Virginia, which is ranked between No. 3 and No. 8 in the various national polls; and Maryland, the consensus No. 2. As one of only two teams in the league with less than conference wins, the Hokies need to capture at least one of the remaining contests to avoid an Oct. 31 play-in game for the eighth seed.

Virginia Tech and Clemson meet for just the fourth time Saturday, but the short series has been a competitive one. The Tigers served as Virginia Tech's first-ever NCAA Tournament opponent back in 2003, when the Hokies advanced to the second round via a penalty kick shootout after tying 3-3 before a then-Tech Soccer Stadium record crowd of 2,263. In ACC regular season play, Clemson won 1-0 in 2004 before they tied 1-1 in 2005.

Clemson enters tonight's match ranked third by the NSCAA, seventh by Soccer America, eighth by Soccer Times and ninth by College Soccer News. The Tigers are led in scoring by Dane Richards with nine goals and six assists for 24 points, while Frederico Moojen has seven goals and two assist for 16 points. Clemson was an NCAA Final Four contestant last year, and have the earned two ACC Player of the Week awards in 2006: Richards and Danny Poe.

With a win tonight, the Hokie would not only match a season-high four-game winning streak, but would also equal an all-time high two-game winning streak in ACC competition.