Virginia Tech Hokies men's soccer

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Virginia Tech
men's soccer
Current season
Virginia Techmen's soccer athletic logo

University Virginia Tech
Conference ACC
Location Blacksburg, VA
Head Coach Mike Brizendine (2nd year)
Stadium Thompson Field
(Capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Hokies, Fighting Gobblers
Colors Orange and Maroon

             

Home
Away
NCAA College Cup Appearances
2007
NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
2007
NCAA Round of 16 Appearances
2007
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007


The Virginia Tech Hokies men's soccer team is a college soccer program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Coastal Division of Atlantic Coast Conference. Their home games are played at Virginia Tech Lacrosse and Soccer Stadium.

The improved greatly with the arrival of head coach Oliver Weiss in 2000. Under Weiss, Tech has made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament (second round in 2003, 2005, first round in 2006, and the semifinals in 2007), the only four in school history. The team is currently ranked 4th in the nation under the Division I NSCAA/adidas National Rankings (last updated Tuesday, November 6th, 2007). In the 2007 season, the team achieved its highest national ranking in school history when they reached #4 on October 23rd. The previous highest ranking was in the 2005 season at 8th in the country. Also, Tech set a new school record with a 15 game unbeaten streak (10-0-5 from Sep. 2 to Nov. 3) during the 2007 season.

The popularity for the team and game attendance has increased since the invite to the Atlantic Coast Conference and with the recent 2006 FIFA World Cup. 2008 was by all accounts a rebuilding year, as the Hokies went winless (0-8) in ACC play.

In 2009, Coach Weiss resigned, days before the school self-reported recruiting violations to the NCAA in connection with Weiss allegedly fronting application fees for recruits.[1] Though a good faith mistake, paying for a recruit's application fees, even if the recruit repays the loan, is not permitted by the NCAA. Mike Brizendine, a Weiss assistant and former head coach of Bridgewater College, was promoted to head coach to replace him.

On September 11, 2011, the Hokies defeated the UNC Tar Heels 1–0 in extra time, making it one of the largest college soccer upsets of the 2011 season. Tech, at the time was unranked, while North Carolina was ranked first in the nation.[2]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berman, Mark (2009-08-25). "Yellow card for Tech as university reports violations to NCAA". The Roanoke Times. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Tech men top No. 1 UNC in soccer". Charlotte Observer. September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Men's Soccer-Hokie Sports