Eleven Home Matches In Store For 2004 Hokies
2004 Women's Soccer Schedule
April 16, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Eleven home matches, including a match-up with defending NCAA champion North Carolina, highlight the 2004 Virginia Tech women's soccer schedule as released by the Tech athletic department this week. The Hokies move into the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004 and host four league matches along with the first Virginia Tech Tournament.

Head coach Kelly Cagle has 12 returnees back from a 2003 team that tied the school record with nine wins. Along with the promising class of newcomers, the returning core of Hokies will face a challenging schedule that has opportunity for success as well.

Tech begins the year with two scrimmage matches on the road. Tech and West Virginia kick off the ledger with a tune-up match on Aug. 18. The Hokies then face James Madison on Aug. 22 before the regular season, with three of the first four matches at home, begins on Aug. 27 as the Hokies host New River Valley rival Radford. VMI visits the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium on Aug. 31. The Hokies then travel to Maryland for their first ACC match on Sept. 3. In-state opponent Longwood, a team in the process of converting its program to Division I, visits the Hokies on Sept. 6.

The squad ventures to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 10-12 for the Ohio State Tournament. Tech is scheduled to face the hosts on Sept. 10 and Dayton on Sept. 12. The Hokies welcome Howard, Liberty, and College of Charleston to Blacksburg on the weekend of Sept. 17-19 for the Virginia Tech Tournament. Tech takes on Charleston first on Sept. 17, then battles Liberty on Sept. 19.

After the tournament, the Hokies move into the heart of the conference schedule as just two of the remaining 10 matches are non-conference tilts. Wake Forest visits Tech on Sept. 23, followed by the anticipated battle with ACC powerhouse North Carolina on Sept. 26. A home match with Clemson on Oct. 6 is sandwiched between road matches at North Carolina State (Oct. 3) and Florida State (Oct. 10). Tech returns home on Oct. 15 to host Old Dominion. Duke hosts the Hokies on Oct. 17 before Tech travels north to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia on Oct. 20.

The regular season concludes with two home matches as Tech hosts fellow ACC newcomer University of Miami on Oct. 24 and non-conference foe Marshall on Oct. 27. The ACC tournament first round is set for Oct. 30 at campus sites of higher seeds, while the remainder of the tournament is scheduled for Nov. 3-7 at SAS Park in Cary, N.C. For a complete schedule, please access http://www.hokiesports.com/wsoccer/schedule.html