After making the Elite Eight of last year’s NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, Virginia Tech enters this season no longer under the radar, but looking to build on the program’s best season in a decade.
The Hokies’ season starts in a couple of weeks but before then, VT has made the preseason coaches poll.
— VT Men's Soccer (@VT_MSoccer) August 4, 2017
— ACC Men's Soccer (@ACCMSoccer) August 3, 2017
Virginia Tech is one of 8 ACC teams ranked in the Preseason Coaches Poll at 17th. These rankings not only show how the Hokies should be here to stay as a respectable men’s soccer program but also show how deep the ACC will be once again.
However, this wasn’t the only major recognition as Marcelo Acuna was named to the most prestigious men’s soccer award watch list while Ben Lundgaard had an impressive offseason that received recognition.
— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) August 8, 2017
Marcelo Acuna was one of 31 players named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. The senior forward was a star for the Hokies in his first season leading VT with 11 goals on his way to earning All-ACC Second Team honors. Acuna has the chance to end his short stint in Blacksburg as one of the best men’s soccer players in school history while a pro future seems very likely for the Costa Rican native.
— USL PDL (@USLPDL) August 4, 2017
Meanwhile, Ben Lundgaard impressed on the development circuit on his way to being named the 2017 PDL Goalkeeper of the Year while playing for the New York Red Bulls academy. Lundgaard appears to have a pro future with a good chance that he could end up receiving a contract from the New York Red Bulls after his collegiate career as long as he continues his current development course.
After the best season in over a decade, Virginia Tech is here to stay in the national conversation and a loaded ACC where they could emerge as one of the best in America and a serious national title contender.
Congrats to Marcelo Acuna and Ben Lundgaard on receiving these prestigious honors.