Tech weighs ACC opposition in preseason coaches poll

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – 1 7 days out from kicking off the 2021 regular season at residence, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer group figured out on Thursday how its ACC competition will stack up as the convention discovered its predicted buy of finish.
 
Getting 85 points in the 2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll, Tech was projected to end seventh in the 12 months-end meeting standings. The Hokies’ placement matched their seed from the 2020 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship after Tech (8-9-, 4-4- ACC) had tied Louisville and Notre Dame for sixth location in the league table.
 
Virginia Tech returns 24 of its 31 aims scored from the 2020-21 period (77 per cent), which includes its two primary details earners: senior midfielder Emily Gray (9 ambitions, 26 factors) and sophomore ahead Tori Powell (seven objectives, 18 points). Defensively, the Hokies retain their main goalkeeper from a 12 months ago, sophomore Alia Skinner, as nicely as two of their best backs in sophomores Victoria Haugen and Averi Visage.

Amid its new arrivals in Blacksburg, Tech additional nine accurate freshmen to its 2021 roster who are every single able of making breakout performances this slide.
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Headlining Tech’s peak level of competition, Florida Point out acquired 167 factors and 11 initial-spot votes in Thursday’s ACC preseason coaches poll – 8 days soon after the Seminoles experienced earned the No. 1 countrywide preseason ranking for every United Soccer Coaches. The Hokies will entertain the defending ACC winner and countrywide runner-up in Blacksburg on Friday, Oct. 15, at Thompson Field.
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North Carolina (155 details) and Virginia (148) – which like Florida Point out, both highly developed to the 2020 University Cup – were voted to finish 2nd and third this time, respectively, by the ACC coaches. UNC scooped up two of the remaining 1st-area votes that were up for contention though UVA gathered the last to start with-location vote.

Bridging the hole to the Hokies, Duke (129 points), Clemson (124) and Notre Dame (104) occupied fourth by way of sixth area. Excluding the Irish, every of the top five ACC programs in Thursday’s coaches poll are ranked among the top rated seven spots in the United Soccer Coaches nationwide preseason poll.
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Trailing Tech were being eighth-area Louisville (77 factors), ninth-put Wake Forest (72), 10th-put North Carolina Condition (71), 11th-position Pittsburgh (57), 12th-position Boston University (45), 13th-position Syracuse (24) and 14th-position Miami (16).
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Virginia Tech will close the preseason on Thursday afternoon with a 5 p.m. home exhibition match towards Richmond at Thompson Area. The Hokies are scheduled to open the typical period on Thursday, Aug. 19, when Tech welcomes Liberty to Blacksburg for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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Thompson Subject is now working at 100 percent capacity and admission to all residence matches – which include exhibitions – is no cost.
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