Women's soccer chosen eighth in the ACC
Preseason coaches' poll released
August 7, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 2007 Virginia Tech women's soccer team has been picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference according to a preseason coaches' poll released by the league office Tuesday.

The Hokies received 36 points in a vote by the league's head coaches. North Carolina tops the poll with 120 points, including 10 first-place votes. Florida State was tabbed second with 104 points and one first-place vote, while Virginia took third with 89. Boston College, Duke, Wake Forest and Clemson precede Tech in that order, while Maryland, N.C. State and Miami round out the eleven-team list.

In 2006, the Hokies finished tied for ninth with a 1-6-3 ACC record that included a win against Miami and ties against No. 24 Boston College, Clemson and Maryland. Tech lost four of its games by a total of four goals, with three of the games coming on the road at eventual NCAA champion North Carolina, eventual NCAA semifinalist Florida State and No. 14 Virginia.

The Hokies, who return an experienced roster that is without the services of only one starter from last season, will look to continue developing into a force in a conference that sent seven teams last year to the 64-team NCAA Tournament. Tech expects to have quality depth in accomplishing its goal provided by a 2007 recruiting class that was ranked 34th in the country by Soccer Buzz.

The 2007 Hokies squad will make its first appearance of the year on Fri., Aug. 17, in an exhibition game against Miami University (Ohio) at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium and will begin the regular season on the road against regional rival Radford on Fri., Aug. 31.