The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team played to a hard fought 0-0 draw against the top ranked University of North Carolina on Friday night.
Throughout the game, the Hokies had a large crowd cheering them on. With more than 2,000 fans coming out to the game, it was something new for some of the younger Hokies players.
“Honestly, it’s amazing,” said forward Andre Thomas, a recent transfer student to the program. “With the crowd and the fans, I never had something like that before.”
Friday night showed that when the Hokies play well, they will be able to stay with any team in the country this year.
“I thought we played with them, if not outplayed them in the first half,” said midfielder and team captain David Clemens.
The team was able to push the ball and attack UNC, as it had five shots and two corner kicks in the first half.
As the game went on, and especially in overtime, UNC started to show why they are the number one team in the country.
The Tar Heels outshot Tech 5-2 in overtime as both teams were visibly tired.
Some of fatigue can be attributed to the schedule for Tech. Last week was the first week the Hokies had two games in one week this season.
With the draw on Friday night, Tech moved into a tie for fourth place in the ACC, one point ahead of the Heels themselves.
“It shows just how difficult it is and how much of a grind it will be,” said head coach Mike Brizendine. “Our league is unbelievably difficult. There’s a reason we’re the best league in the country. It’s still going to be a dog fight to get into the ACC tournament.”
The Hokies first objective of the season is to make the conference tournament. Unlike previous years, that has become more difficult.
The ACC recently welcomed three new teams to the conference, including nationally ranked Syracuse and Notre Dame, as well as Pittsburgh. Accordingly, the conference tournament will now include on the top eight teams in the league.
If the Hokies can maintain this level of play, making the conference tournament is a very realistic goal for the team, even playing against some of the top competition in the country.
“We really have come a long way in the last three years,” Clemens said. “It was really good to play with a number one team tonight.”
The Hokies take on Navy on Tuesday and on Friday they play No. 13 Clemson. Both games start at 7 p.m. at Thompson Field.