Hokies announce spring schedule
Men's soccer team will conclude spring with four games in Germany
February 15, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team and head coach Oliver Weiss recently announced a 2007 spring schedule that includes 14 matches, including three contests at home in Blacksburg. Other highlights of the spring slate include a game against the professional Richmond Kickers, and a two-week tour of Germany.

"Although we'll have our smallest spring squad in my tenure here, we'll have an opportunity to play our guys in new positions and find new combinations of players that will work well together," Weiss said. "Those are all important objectives for our spring season. I am excited to get outside and start playing 11 vs. 11."

The schedule kicks off on March 4 with a double-header at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. The Hokies will play a pair of 60-minute matches with UNC Charlotte (10:30 a.m.) and Elon (1:30 p.m.). Tech defeated Elon, 5-1, back on Oct. 11.

On March 18 at 4 p.m., the Hokies will take on the USL Division 2 champion Richmond Kickers at Sports Backers Stadium in the state's capitol. They will then head to the nation's capitol a week later to face American (1 p.m.) and Pennsylvania (2:30 p.m.) on March 24.

A home double-header will take place on April 14, when Tech will host Carson-Newman College at 11 a.m., and Davis & Elkins College at 2 p.m. Both matches will be 60 minutes.

Tech's final double-header of the spring will be on April 21 in Raleigh, N.C., where a pair of 60-minute matches will be played against ACC rivals North Carolina (1 p.m.) and N.C. State (2:30 p.m.). Tech lost to the Tar Heels, 2-1, on Sept 29 before beating the Wolfpack, 3-2, on Oct. 9. N.C. State then eliminated the Hokies from the ACC Tournament on Oct. 31 by a score of 4-3.

The annual alumni match will take place on April 29 at 11 a.m. The spring season will conclude with a tour of Weiss' native Germany from May 8-20, and will include a handful of matches against third, fourth, fifth and sixth-division teams.

"We are looking forward to playing ten matches in March and April to prepare us for our foreign tour to Germany in May," Weiss said. "The overseas trip will certainly be the highlight of this year's schedule, and a nice reward for having worked hard since January. More importantly, we want to prepare ourselves for the rigorous fall schedule by playing some top-notch German teams at the end of their season."