Monday, October 15, 2007

The Streak

The Hokies Futbol Team has reached a school record 11 matches without a loss. This surpasses the ten match unbeaten streak of the 2003 team. The difference is conference. The last unbeaten streak came in the Big East, a fine conference but the ACC is at another level. Eighth and ninth place teams in the ACC can go to the national final four ala Clemson a few years ago. It is a tough, grit it out, soccer league, where a game or two separate 1st and 9th place. The shame of it is the Hokies probably should have had a win or two in the three draws in conference. Certainly the UVA game comes to mind and the lead in the Maryland game is another. That said this year's team is gelling. Patrick Nyarko is not scoring at his pace of the last two years but the team is benefiting from the balanced scoring of Nyarko, Zehender, Hock and Edmans.

If one team at VA Tech has the potential to win the national championship in the next several years, I think it is men's soccer. Oliver Weiss continues to build the program and Jim Weaver has certainly given him the resources with facilities. A little more depth and continuity and that elusive team national championship is possible.

I believe.

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