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
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