Hokies Release Women's Soccer Schedule
Tech to play 11 home contests in 2006
April 26, 2006 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletic department announced Wednesday that it has finalized its women's soccer schedule for the 2006 season. The Hokies will play 11 regular season games at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium, the most in program history, including matches against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Duke (Sept. 21), Wake Forest (Sept. 24), Clemson (Oct. 5), NC State (Oct. 8), Maryland (Oct. 20) and Boston College (Oct. 22). Tech will play seven contests against teams which qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and five against schools which were ranked in the final NSCAA/Adidas National Poll. The team will open the regular season at home against non-conference foes George Mason and Radford on Aug. 25 and 27, respectively. Tech has met the Highlanders more than any other opponent and owns an all-time mark of 10-2-1 against its New River Valley rival, including a 2-0 triumph last season. The following weekend, the Hokies travel to Greensboro, N.C., for the UNC-Greensboro Tournament. Tech will play the host Spartans on Sept. 1 and High Point on Sept. 3. Tech hosts its own tournament on Sept. 8-10 as James Madison, Liberty and Wake Forest will visit Blacksburg. The Hokies will play host to JMU on Sept. 8 and Liberty two days later, while the Demon Deacons will play opposite Tech. After a final non-conference tune-up at Evansville on Sept. 16, Tech opens play in the ACC the following weekend as Duke and Wake Forest come to town. Both opponents qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. The team heads for warmer climates the following weekend, traveling to Miami and Florida State. The Seminoles, one of seven ACC schools to advance to the NCAA Tournament, fell in the national semifinals to UCLA last season. The Hokies' third weekend of conference play pits them against Clemson and NC State on Oct. 5 and Oct. 8, respectively. The Hokies then travel to long-time rival Virginia on Oct. 12 and traditional soccer power North Carolina on Oct. 15. The Hokies final ACC weekend has them playing host to Maryland on Oct. 20 and Boston College on Oct. 22. Tech shut out both opponents in 2005. The team's final regular season game will be on Oct. 27 at home against East Tennessee State. This year's ACC Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 in Cary, N.C., while the first round of the NCAA Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 10 at sites to be determined. After a 6-10-3 season last year, the Hokies are hoping to return to both.