GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech has been selected eighth in the 2008 ACC women's soccer season poll, as voted on by the league's 11 head coaches.
The Hokies received 37 points, tying Maryland for the eighth spot on the list. 2007 ACC Tournament and regular season champion North Carolina took the top spot in the poll, collecting 117 points and seven first-place votes. The Tar Heels have won three straight ACC championships and 19 overall. Florida State, the 2007 College Cup runner-up, came in second with 102 points and two first-place votes, while Virginia placed third with 98 points and one first-place vote. Also preceding Tech on the poll are Boston College, Wake Forest, Duke and Miami in that order. Maryland, Clemson, and NC State complete the eleven-team list.
The 2007 Hokie squad finished tied for eighth in the ACC with a record of 3-5-2. Tech picked up victories over NC State, Maryland and No. 10 Boston College, while also tying Miami and No. 19 Clemson. Four of the Hokies' five conference losses came at the hands of nationally-ranked competition. Virginia Tech dropped contests against No. 23 Wake Forest, No. 17 Florida State, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia. The Orange and Maroon also took NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Duke to double-overtime before falling 1-0.
The 2008 Tech team will add seven newcomers to a veteran core as the squad continues to develop into a contender in the ACC, a league that sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2007.
Virginia Tech takes on Ohio University on Mon. Aug. 18 in an exhibition match at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium before kicking off the season at Davidson on Sat. Aug. 23.
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