Virginia Tech descends on No. 4 North Carolina

Virginia Tech descends on No. 4 North Carolina

BLACKSBURG – Atop the ACC table, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team will look to stay perfect during league play on Thursday, Sept. 23, when Tech visits No. 4 North Carolina. Thursday’s 7 p.m. match between the Hokies and the Tar Heels will air live on ACC Network Extra.
 
THREE THINGS TO KNOW
Resume Building:  Arriving at the halfway point of the 2021 season, Virginia Tech is assembling a convincing postseason resume as the Hokies pursue their 12th NCAA tournament appearance all-time. After knocking off North Carolina State during Saturday’s ACC opener, Tech received more consideration from voters in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, despite remaining slightly outside the top 25 positions. On Tuesday, the Hokies debuted at No. 23 in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI rankings – a testament to their 7-2-0 record, their three top-100 victories, their road win at No. 12 South Carolina and their sharing in the No. 1 conference RPI within the ACC. Thursday’s tilt at North Carolina continues a challenging stretch for Tech; by Sunday night, the Hokies will have faced four ranked programs across a six-match swing.
 
Chasing Victory:  Virginia Tech is eager to collect a monumental win against North Carolina – one the Hokies have been chasing since the 2011 season. Tech is seeking its first-ever win against the Tar Heels away from the comforts of Blacksburg and has recently tightened the series against UNC, having played to a pair of 1-0 defeats during the 2020-21 season. The Hokies’ depth could play to their advantage against the Tar Heels as Tech possesses 16 different point-earners, including nine different goal scorers. Two matches ago, the Hokies utilized 18 outfield players during their ranked upset of No. 12 South Carolina in Columbia while holding the Gamecocks to their season low, seven shot attempts (three shots on target).
 
What 2 Watch 4:  Tech is chasing its first top-five victory since Nov. 8, 2013, when the Hokies defeated No. 1 Virginia, 4-2, during the ACC semifinals in Cary, North Carolina. On a similar line, Tech is also pursuing its first true road victory against a top-five opponent since Oct. 10, 2010, when the Hokies knocked off No. 4 Boston College, 1-0. Tech’s 1-0 win this season at No. 12 South Carolina (Sept. 12) marked its third result against nationally ranked competition since the beginning of the 2019 season (T, 0-0, against No. 10 Duke – Oct. 2019; W, 2-0, against No. 14 Pittsburgh – Oct. 2020).
 
UP NEXT
Virginia Tech will host No. 2 Duke at Thompson Field on Sunday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
 

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