GREENSBORO, N.C. – Head coaches within the Atlantic Coast Conference have picked the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team to finish ninth in the preseason poll, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
North Carolina, which finished the 2008 season as the national runner-up, was selected as the ACC’s top finisher with five first-place votes, while Virginia was picked in a close second with four first-place votes. The Tar Heels also open the 2009 season as the nation’s No. 2 ranked team, according to the NSCAA Men’s Preseason Top 25, which was released Tuesday.
Tech finished the 2008 season with a 5-13-1 record, 0-8-0 in ACC play. The Hokies’ were led by Emmanuel Akogyeram and James Gilson, who both finished the season tied for the team lead in goals and were named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Gilson, the team MVP, was also named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District III Second Team and received NSCAA/adidas All-America Academic Honorable Mention honors.
The Hokies will begin exhibition play on Saturday, Aug. 22, hosting William and Mary at 7 p.m., before traveling to Baltimore, Md., to take on UMBC in their regular season opener on Sept. 1. The team’s first ACC match will be on Sept. 20 at Clemson.
2009 Preseason ACC Men’s Soccer Poll
School (first-place votes): Points
1. North Carolina (5): 73
2. Virginia (4): 72
3. Maryland: 64
4. Wake Forest: 55
5. NC State: 40
6. Boston College: 37
7. Duke: 32
8. Clemson: 23
9. Virginia Tech: 9
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