Nyarko named to College Soccer News Preseason All-America First Team
    Junior recognized for second consecutive season
    August 12, 2007

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior forward Patrick Nyarko has been honored as a 2007 College Soccer News First Team Preseason All-American. This is the second year in a row Nyarko has been included on one of the publication's teams, after receiving second-team honors before last season.

    As a sophomore, Nyarko was selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Second Team and is a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference First-Team member. Nyarko was one of three juniors receiving first-team recognition. Four players represented the ACC on the first team, while three others were selected to the second and third squads.

    Nyarko stands 10th on the school's all-time career goals list with 24 scores and has 14 career assists, which is just two away from tying for ninth. The Kumasi, Ghana native established a new school record and led the ACC with 16 goals in 2006, while finishing second in the conference with 2.00 points and 0.80 goals per game.

    Preseason practice begins at 12 a.m. on Monday morning. The Hokies' first contest of the season is an exhibition match against High Point at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Tech Soccer Stadium. The regular season kicks off at the VCU Nike/Alltel Classic against Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Richmond, Va.

    2007 First Team Preseason All-America
    NameEligibilityPositionSchool
    Patrick NyarkoJr.FVirginia Tech
    Joe LapiraSr.FNotre Dame
    Kevin ForrestSr.FWashington
    Michael VideiraSr.MFDuke
    Stephen KingSr.MFMaryland
    Bruno GuardaJr.MFSMU
    Eric AvilaJr.MFUC Santa Barbara
    Andy IroSr.DUC Santa Barbara
    Julius JamesSr.DConnecticut
    Julian ValentinSr.DWake Forest
    Jason LandersSr.GKSt. John's
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