Virginia Tech women's club soccer team wins NIRSA Region II soccer championship

Women's club soccer team

Women's club soccer team

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 8, 2007 – A back-to-back performance is not easy, but the Virginia Tech women's club soccer team has proven it has the heart of a champion.

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Region II Qualifying Soccer Tournament held in Tuscaloosa, Ala., became Hokie Nation as the women’s club soccer team defeated Georgia Tech 4-0 in the finals to claim their second regional championship title. Approximately 25 collegiate club teams competed in the Region II qualifying tournament.

"We went in as defending champions last year, and a lot of teams didn’t expect us to be as competitive," said Amanda Barbaris, president of women’s club soccer. "It’s even better to stay on top, and people notice we have a great program, and that we are the team to look out for."

As the regional champion, the women’s club soccer team received an expense-paid bid to compete in the NIRSA Collegiate Soccer Sport Club Championships to be held in Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 15-17. Virginia Tech Sports Clubs said it is excited with the success of the women’s club soccer program over the last few years.

"I’m very proud that this has become a growing trend with the women’s soccer team," said Alan Glick, assistant director of sports clubs. "They work very hard, and they have a good coach, and their hard work has payed off."

The women’s club soccer team has their hopes set on bringing a national championship title to Virginia Tech.

NIRSA Region II covers the entire Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the country from Virginia down through Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. The NIRSA mission is to provide for the education and development of professional and student members and to foster quality recreational programs, facilities and services for diverse populations.

Virginia Tech Recreational Sports joins in partnership with the University to enhance the quality of life for all students, faculty, staff, their families, and the community by providing recreational and fitness opportunities throughout the year. For more information on all events and programs, visit the Recreational Sports website, or call the Recreational Sports main office at (540) 231-6856.