Hokies look forward to 2008 schedule
Tech to face seven schools that qualified for 2007 NCAA Championship
April 29, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team will have to successfully navigate a rugged 18-game regular-season schedule, including seven games against teams who reached the NCAA Tournament last season, to set itself up for a repeat bid to the College Cup in 2008.

The Hokies' early-season slate features the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational at Tech Soccer Stadium and the program's first west coast trip. Tech travels to Portland, Ore., to face a pair of non-conference schools in the Pilots Nike Classic before taking on eight Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

"Our schedule will once again include eight matches in the ACC," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "These are always some of the toughest matches of the season and we hope to build momentum heading into league by playing a non-conference schedule that should also include between two and four ranked teams. We are also making a couple of local trips to play teams in our area, so it will be an interesting mix to go along with our first west coast trip."

The Hokies head Portland, Ore., for the first west coast appearance in school history, kicking off the regular season in the Pilots Nike Classic against a pair of teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Tech will face host Portland on Aug. 29 at 10 p.m., and Washington awaits the Hokies on the second day of the event, Aug. 31. The season-opening pair of matches will be the Hokies' first meeting with both teams in school history. In its first-ever match against a Pac-10 team, Tech earned a 3-2 NCAA Championship second round victory against California last season.

Tech will make the trip up to New York to face St. John's on Sept. 14 and will also travel down to High Point on Oct. 25 to complete their non-conference road schedule.

The Hokies' home debut is set for Sept. 5 against Hofstra on the opening night of this year's Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational. Tech plays former Atlantic-10 Conference peer Xavier in the second day of the event on Sept. 7, proceeded by a mid-week match against George Washington on Sept. 30.

The non-conference home slate also features the 'Battle for the Rock,' which resumes when non-conference rival Radford comes to Tech Soccer Stadium on Oct. 7. UMBC makes the trip from Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 14. Appalachian State comes to Blacksburg for the last non-conference home match on Oct. 21.

Tech opens ACC play at home against Duke on Sept. 12, followed by a visit from in-state rival Virginia on Sept. 26. Maryland travels to Blacksburg on Oct. 10, while a home match against Boston College on Nov. 7 concludes the regular season.

After playing at Clemson on Sept. 21 in its conference road opener, Tech travels to defending national champion Wake Forest for a rematch of the national semifinal on Oct. 4 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Hokies play at North Carolina on Oct. 18, and the ACC regular-season road finale will be played at NC State on the night of Nov. 1.

The postseason begins with the ACC Championship on Nov. 11-16 at a neutral site, while the NCAA Championship is scheduled to begin Nov. 21 and will run through Dec. 14. The 2008 College Cup will be held in Frisco, Texas.

The Hokies finished third in last season's final NSCAA/adidas National Coaches Poll and ended up with a 14-4-5 overall record while qualifying for its first College Cup in school history. The Hokies have made it into the NCAA Tournament three consecutive years and four times in six seasons under Weiss.