They are the measuring stick for the entire state of Virginia in high school soccer.
Blacksburg high has more titles than most men have pairs of shoes. That number is 12 Group 2A titles, including last year. As defending champs everyone takes their best shot.
Patrick Henry handed them an early two-to-nothing defeat on a pair of penalty kicks last week. But those are the only two goals given up in a 6-1-1 start. Coach Shelley Blumenthal says defense like that will eventually pay dividends. Blumenthal has coached the Bruins to eleven state titles in 21 years at the helm, and was inducted into the VHSL hall of fame back in 2008.