GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference released its Women’s Soccer coaches’ preseason poll Wednesday. The league’s head coaches have selected the Hokies to finish seventh in the conference while their ACC Tournament finals opponent and the defending national champions, North Carolina, is projected to take its fifth straight conference championship.
The Hokies finished the 2008 season with a 10-9-4 record, 4-4-2 in the ACC, and made just their second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after an emotional conference tournament run that brought them all the way to the championship game from the seventh seed. The Hokies set many new program marks in 2008 as they defeated five top-25 opponents; half of the program’s overall top-25 wins, and claimed victory over in-state rival Virginia for the first time. Tech was led by the school’s all-time leading scorer, and All-ACC second team honoree, Emily Jukich, as she tallied 15 goals, 31 points and five game-winners. The defensive efforts of then-senior Kim Hickey and junior Kelly Lynch also played an important role in the Hokies’ success, helping their keeper and team to a school-record nine shutouts on the season.
The Hokies will begin their 2009 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 15, with a scrimmage at James Madison and later host High Point in Sunday, Aug. 23, for their regular season opener at 7 PM.
2009 ACC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina (11)
2. Florida State
3. Boston College
6. Wake Forest
7. Virginia Tech
11. NC State
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