Sept 22, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; A general view of the fans during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Bowling Green Falcons at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Lauretano's Coming Spotlight

The Virginia Tech Hokies’ men’s soccer team has had some good players in the past and the best player to come out of the program was a striker in Patrick Nyarko who currently plays for the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer and has made a national team appearance for Ghana. The Hokies have also had some other good players though only a couple have gone on to end up playing in Major League Soccer.

Last year, the leading goal scorer for the Virginia Tech men’s soccer program was Robert Alberti who started 15 of 17 games for the Hokies last season. Alberti was originally a midfielder for the Hokies but moved from the outside midfield to striker and led the Hokies this past season in goals with 6 to go along with 2 assists. Alberti was the lead playmaker at the top for the Hokies last season but he graduated and the Hokies will be looking for his replacement.

Now, Daniel Lauretano will get his chance to be the Hokies’ featured attacker.

The junior striker from Chester, Virginia might only be 5-7 but that definitely doesn’t mean that Lauretano won’t have success as proven by other shorter players who have had success at high levels including the world’s best player, Lionel Messi, who is only 5-7. Lauretano played in all 17 games last season and made 11 starts while scoring 2 goals so Lauretano is definitely a proven striker.

However, Daniel Lauretano will now become the featured attacker for the Hokies on the pitch and that is something that he has not had to do so far in his collegiate career. Lauretano has the talent but the question that remains is can he be the star striker for the Hokies that can lead them to a lot of success? We will just have to see.

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