Men's soccer tied for seventh in ACC preseason poll
24 points equals BC in vote among coaches
August 9, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 2007 Virginia Tech men's soccer team has been picked to finish in a seventh-place tie with Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to a preseason coaches' poll released by the conference office Thursday.

The Hokies received 24 points in a vote by the conference's nine head coaches. Defending regular season and tournament champion Duke is the preseason favorite, topping the poll with 73 points. Wake Forest was tabbed second with 66 points, while Virginia took third with 59. North Carolina, Maryland and Clemson precede Tech in that order, while N.C. State rounds out the nine-team field.

The ACC appears to be among the best conferences in the nation with five schools in the College Soccer News Preseason Top 30 poll. Last season, the Hokies played then-No. 3 Duke to a scoreless tie in Durham, N.C., and defeated then-No. 3 Clemson in Blacksburg, 5-2.

The Hokies return an experienced roster that includes seven starters who will hope to emulate the 2005 season when Tech was predicted to finish last but ended up in fourth place with a 3-2-3 mark.

Virginia Tech kicks off the regular season against Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Richmond, Va., as part of the of the VCU Nike/Alltel Classic.

SchoolPoints2006 Record
1. Duke 7818-4-1 (5-2-1 ACC)
2. Wake Forest6618-3-4 (5-2-1 ACC)
3. Virginia5917-4-1 (5-3-0 ACC)
4. North Carolina5211-6-3 (3-4-1 ACC)
5. Maryland5016-5-1 (4-3-1 ACC)
6. Clemson3513-5-2 (3-3-2 ACC)
T7. Boston College248-7-2 (3-3-2 ACC)
T7. Virginia Tech2411-8-1 (2-5-1 ACC)
9. NC State176-10-1 (1-6-1 ACC)