Tech earns 11th seed in NCAA Tournament
Men's soccer to play winner of UC Davis/California match on Nov. 28
November 19, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - After earning its first-ever win in the ACC Championship with a 3-0 win quarterfinal over Maryland, it was announced Monday that the Virginia Tech men's soccer team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season, the longest such streak in the program's 36-season history. The Hokies (11-3-5) earned the 11th seed and after a first-round bye, will face the winner of the match between UC Davis and California in the second round on Nov. 28 at Tech Soccer Stadium. The start time is set for 7 p.m. The bracket was announced this evening on ESPNews. "This draw was very unexpected," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "Playing teams from the other side of the country is something very differnent, but we're very excited for the challenge. We're excited to get a bye along with the seed, but we know we're going to be playing a very good team no matter who wins in the first round." Last time out, the Hokies lost a 3-1 decision in the semifinal game of the ACC Championships to eventual winner Boston College. UC Davis is 12-4-3 this season and finished behind only UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Conference with a 7-3-2 mark in league play. California won the Pac-10 title with a 6-3-1 conference mark and is 11-5-2 overall. This is Virginia Tech's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six seasons under Weiss. The Hokies' NCAA Tournament record is 0-2-2, with games decided by penalty kicks officially recorded as ties. Tech dropped a 2-1 match at UNC-Greensboro in the first round last season, following a first-round bye in 2005 when the Hokies hosted the Spartans and the two squads played to a scoreless tie following 110 minutes of action. The Hokies' first bid came in 2003 when they hosted the Clemson Tigers, and advanced to the second round via penalty kicks following a 3-3 regulation draw. They went on to lose at VCU, 5-2, in the second round. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, and $5 for students who present a valid ID. They will be available at the ticket office during week and at the Tech Soccer Stadium gate two hours before kickoff. "Class will be back in session for that match, so we would like to have a very big student turnout," Weiss said. "We're excited about the bye and the second-round home game that comes with it, but we realize we have a challenge in front of us." The complete bracket can be viewed at http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/mens/brackets/viewable/straight64_dyn/2007/DI.