BLACKSBURG, Va. – No matter which poll you look at, Virginia Tech’s men’s soccer team faces a tough road ahead for the 2010 season.
In both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the College Soccer News’ preseason polls, eight of the Hokies’ 2010 opponents are ranked in the top 20 nationally. The ACC is a powerhouse in both polls, with teams accounting for four of the top seven spots.
Much like their football colleagues, Tech will open the season strong, this time against nationally ranked St. John’s on Sept. 3 at the UVa Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. St. Johns ranks 17th in the NSCAA poll and 12th in CSN’s rankings. South Florida is the only other ranked out-of-conference opponent for the Hokies. The Bulls are ranked 16th in the NSCAA poll and 13th in the CSN poll. This match, set for a 7:30 p.m. EST start on Sept. 10 in Tampa, Fla., is the NSCAA game of the week and will be broadcast on FSC.
Conference play will bring stiff competition, including a visit to the defending 2009 national champion Virginia on Oct. 15, ranked 2nd in the NSCAA and 4th in the CSN rankings. Tech will have to hit the road against two other ranked ACC opponents, taking on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3rd NSCAA, 7th CSN) on Oct. 1 and visiting the Tar Heels of Chapel Hill, N.C., (4th, 2nd) on Oct. 22.
Thompson Field is set to play host for the Hokies’ three remaining ranked opponents. The Terrapins of Maryland (6th, 3rd) come to Blacksburg on Oct. 8. Duke (11th, 15th) on Oct. 30 and Boston College (12th, 11th) on Nov. 5 mark the final two contests of the regular season.
Fans can see the soccer team in action on Saturday, Aug. 28 in a preseason scrimmage against Old Dominion at 7 p.m. The Hokies’ home opener will be against ACC foe Clemson on Friday, Sept. 17, slated for an 8 p.m. start.
Full NSCAA Preseason Top 25
Full CSN Preseason Top 20
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