Due to COVID-19 the Hokies’ ACC Women’s Soccer schedule was limited to just 12 matches. The team got off to a rough start opening the season with five straight losses. But a 2-0 win at home over a ranked Pittsburgh side propelled the team on a 5-2 record to close out the year, including a historic 8-2 victory over Miami in Blacksburg.
The 3-0 win over Boston College on the last day of the regular season clinched the final spot in the ACC Tournament for the Hokies. VT now face the tall task of a quarterfinal round match-up against UNC, who went a perfect 9-0 this season. The Tar Heels are the top ranked team in the country, but the single time the Hokies faced them it was only a 1-0 result to UNC down in Chapel Hill.
Freshman Tori Powell led the team with five goals, while also picking up two assists and earning national praise last week. A bright star for the squad to build around in the years ahead. Emily Gray notched eight assists (1st) and three goals as she built upon a strong sophomore year last season. If both return next year the Hokies should be an even stronger contender for the ACC championship.
Another POW for @TorPowell— Virginia Tech Women's Soccer (@HokiesWSoccer) November 3, 2020
✅ @UnitedCoaches National Player of the Week
✅ @ACCWSoccer Offensive Player of the Week
✅ @TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week
✅ @csoccernews National Team of the Week
Virginia Tech gets another shot at the Tar Heels and could face off against UVA in the semi-finals. The Hokies face stiff competition, as usual, with six of the eight teams in the tournament ranked in the top 14 schools in the country. After a unique season, the program will be happy to have made the tournament and enters with no pressure as the underdogs throughout.
You can catch the Hokies take on the Tar Heels next Tuesday (10/10) at 5:30 pm ET on the ACC Network. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown on the ACC Network with the Final airing on ESPNU on 11/15.