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Women’s Soccer Squad Kicks Season Off Friday

Coming off a season where they advanced to the College Cup in their sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Hokies kick off the sports year for Virginia Tech at Thompson Field this Friday at 7 p.m., against VCU.

The Hokies, tabbed No. 5 in in the nation in the NSCAA preseason poll and picked fourth in the ACC by the coaches, are led by preseason All-ACC selection Ashley Meier. The junior midfielder teams up with six strong seniors, and a host of experienced players returning from the squad that won a school-record 19 games last season and advanced to the national semifinal.

Friday’s game marks the first contest of Virginia Tech’s 2014-2015 academic and athletic year as the Hokie athletic program looks to improve on last year’s strong 37th-place finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup competition.

Hokies Hold First Scrimmage

Virginia Tech’s offense rushed for 183 yards, and the Hokies’ first-team defense allowed just one score in the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage of the fall Saturday at Lane Stadium.

Quarterbacks Michael Brewer, Mark Leal and Andrew Ford each threw touchdown passes, and freshman tailbacks Travon McMillian and Shai McKenzie scored on short touchdown runs. Freshman kicker Joey Slye connected on two field goals, including a 42-yarder on the last play of the scrimmage.

The staff plans to conduct another closed scrimmage on Wednesday and again next Saturday at the stadium. The season kicks off Aug. 30 when the Hokies take on William & Mary.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Adam Smith of the basketball team interviews soccer’s Alessandro Mion

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Antonio Freeman Shares “Character Matters” Message

Former Hokie receiver and Super Bowl champion Antonio Freeman spoke to the football team on Monday, Aug. 12 about the importance of academic success, character development and the power of social media as part of the NFL PREP program. Freeman spoke candidly about his experience as a student-athlete and some of the mistakes he made during his time in Blacksburg. He also emphasized how much he valued earning his degree and encouraged the current players to take advantage of the opportunities provided to them. Freeman used images and text from current team members’ social media accounts to portray the impact social media can have on the perception of student-athletes.

In Good Hands

Punter and holder A.J. Hughes practices taking snaps during the Hokies' scrimmage Saturday as they prepare for the 2014 football season and the Aug. 30 opener against William & Mary.