Virginia Tech women's soccer announces 2005 schedule
Hokies to play 11 NCAA Tournament participants from last season
July 19, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletic Department announced Tuesday that it has finalized the 2005 women's soccer schedule.

The Hokies will play host to seven regular season contests at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium, including ACC matches against Miami (Sept. 29), Florida State (Oct. 2), Virginia (Oct. 13) and North Carolina (Oct. 16). Nonconference opponents visiting Blacksburg include VCU, Colorado College and UNC-Greensboro.

"I am very excited about 2005 schedule," said Tech women's head coach Kelly Cagle. "It's the strongest schedule in school history, so we will have our work cut out for us. That being said, we firmly believe that we have to play the best teams we can, and we are hoping some of our experiences from last season will have us better prepared for a schedule of this caliber...both in and out of conference."

Tech will play nearly two-thirds of its schedule against teams which qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, including eight matches against nationally ranked teams.

After a road contest at American University to open the regular season, the team returns home to host VCU, one of three matches against in-state rivals and the first of 11 matches against 2004 NCAA Tournament participants. Tech will then participate in back-to-back invitational tournaments, beginning with the Wake Forest Invitational from Sept. 2-4.

The team will play San Diego, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Santa Clara, ranked fourth in the final Soccer Buzz national poll, during the weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After another pair of nonconference matches at the College of Charleston Tournament, the Hokies will play host to Colorado College and UNC-Greensboro in the first home weekend of the season, Sept. 16-18.

Tech opens its ACC schedule at Duke, ranked No. 15 in the final Soccer Buzz poll, and then makes a second trip to Wake Forest, facing the Demon Deacons on Sept. 25. The Hokies return home to battle Miami and Florida State and then travel to Clemson and NC State Oct. 6 and 9.

Tech's final homestand of the season will likely be the most challenging as Virginia and UNC visit Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium on the weekend of Oct. 16. Both schools are traditional soccer powers that finished in the Soccer Buzz top ten. Tech completes the regular season on the road at Maryland (Oct. 19), Boston College (Oct. 23) and Radford (Oct. 26), before traveling to Cary, N.C., for the ACC Tournament, beginning Nov. 2.

"Top to bottom the ACC is the best soccer conference in the country," Cagle said. "We look forward to once again competing day in and day out against the best. We also are a bit more prepared for what the conference schedule will throw our way, so I hope we are ready to handle the entire ACC season better than we did last year."

The Hokies return all 11 starters from last year's team, which became the first in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament and finish with a winning record, posting an 11-9 overall mark.