The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team got on a major roll towards the end of the season. As a result, they earned an at-large berth to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, where they will play BYU on Thursday night at 9pm EST.
The Hokies finished the season with a record of 10-8-4. Although they were only the #7 seed in the ACC Tournament over the weekend, they advanced all the way to the tournament finals before falling to North Carolina. For a team that was on the NCAA Tournament bubble, it was exactly what they needed.
Virginia Tech ran off three ACC wins in October over NC State, Virginia and Maryland. However, they dropped their last two contests of the month to Boston College and Wake Forest, and things were looking dicey.
The Hokies managed to get it done in November when it counted. In the final game of the regular season, Tech knocked off Duke 1-0. That set them up for the ACC Tournament, where they defeated Florida State and Virginia on penalty kicks. The Hokies finally fell to North Carolina 3-0 in the finals.
The late season run was enough to earn Tech an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. They’ll face BYU in Provo, Utah. BYU won the Mountain West Championship this year, and enter the match with an overall record of 17-5-0.
The winner of the Tech-BYU match will take on the winner of the #4 Southern Cal-Boston University match on Saturday, November 15. That match will also be held in Provo.
The Hokies are ranked #25 nationally by Soccer America, and #28 nationally by Soccer Buzz.