The Virginia Tech Hokies have had success in multiple sports but the Hokies have never won a national title as an athletics program which is something that Virginia Tech desperately wants. The Hokies have seen some close ones including the 2000 Sugar Bowl when Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies lost to the Florida State Seminoles 46-29 in what was the national championship game before the development of the BCS National Championship. However, Virginia Tech has a chance to win a national title on the pitch.
Virginia Tech’s women’s soccer team started the season unranked and definitely did not have the highest expectations for the upcoming season. Virginia has traditionally dominated the state of Virginia in women’s soccer but the Hokies’ women’s soccer team has been a major surprise this year. The Hokies made a run in the ACC Tournament with wins over Notre Dame and arch rival Virginia before losing to Florida State in the final by a goal.
However, this strong season and great ACC Tournament run for the Hokies led to Virginia Tech being one of the four number 1 seeds for the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament along with Florida State, Virginia, and North Carolina. The Hokies would have homefield advantage throughout the tournament until the College Cup Final Four which is played in Cary, North Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park, the same site as the ACC Tournament. The Hokies cruised through their early games but then faced a stiff challenge when Santa Clara came to Thompson Field. The Hokies fought hard in a game that went through two overtimes and to penalty kicks where the Hokies 3-1 in those penalty kicks to put themselves one win away from the College Cup Final Four.
Now, the Virginia Tech face Duke who was not a top 4 seed in a region but have been a surprise and are now facing the Hokies for the second time this season. When Virginia Tech and Duke faced off earlier this season, the Hokies tied with the Blue Devils in Durham with Ashley Meier scoring the goal for the Hokies. Now, the Hokies will be looking for a big win at home to book their ticket in the Final Four in a year that no one would have expected to be this far. The Hokies are three wins away from bringing Virginia Tech its first NCAA Championship in any sport. Good luck Hokies.