Hokie Men’s Soccer Shoots for National Title This Weekend

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Virginia Tech’s men’s soccer team will take on Wake Forest on Friday in the
semifinals of the College Cup. The winner will play for the National
Championship on Sunday. The Hokies’ game with the Demon Deacons will begin at
5pm, and it will be televised by ESPN2.

Wake Forest is an excellent team. They played in the College Cup last year,
so they are experienced in big games. They enter this game as the #2 overall
seed in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships. They have a 20-2-2 overall record.

Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have a lot in common. Two of Virginia Tech’s
three losses came to Boston College, and BC is the only team Wake lost to the
entire year. The Eagles beat the Hokies and Demon Deacons once each in the
regular season and once each in the ACC Tournament.

Wake Forest has played top competition this year, and with the exception of
their matchups against BC, they’ve handled themselves well. They have defeated
#21 Old Dominion, #24 Louisville, #16 Akron, #18 Maryland, #15 Duke, #20 Furman,
#16 West Virginia and #11 Notre Dame.

The
Hokies and Demon Deacons tied 3-3 in their previous meeting. The Hokies were
ranked #9 at the time.

Cody Arnoux leads Wake Forest with 37 points on the year. He has 15 goals and
seven assists. Wake has four First Team All-ACC players in Arnoux, Sam Cronin,
Brian Edwards and Pat Phelan. Corben Bone was named ACC Freshman of the Year.
They are an extremely talented team.

The Hokies are led by junior forward Patrick Nyarko, who scored the 31st goal
of his career (tied for third all-time at VT) in Tech’s 1-0 win over Connecticut
last weekend, which propelled the Hokies into the College Cup. Nyarko has 24
points in the season, including seven goals and 10 assists, both high marks on
the team.

The Hokies have also gotten seven goals from junior forward Robert Edmans and
senior midfielder Ben Nason.

Things to look for:

  • Tech is 7-0-0 this season in games decided by one goal.
  • Tech is 6-0-1 this season when Nyarko scores a goal.
  • The Hokies are 11-1-2 when scoring first.
  • The Hokies are 10-0-2 when leading at half time.

The College Cup takes place in SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, NC. If Virginia
Tech knocks off Wake on Friday, they’ll play the winner of the UMass-Ohio State
game (7:30, ESPNU) for the National Championship. The Finals will be played on
Sunday at 3pm on ESPN2.

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