Hokies Travel to James Madison
Tech men's soccer preview
October 1, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team will return to action Wednesday night when it travels to Harrisonburg, Va., for a non-conference match against James Madison at 7 p.m. The Hokies, 4-4-1 on the year, while the Dukes stand at 4-5-0 overall. Tech enters the match hoping to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to Radford, 2-0, and No. 23 Seton Hall, 2-1, in overtime.

hokiesports.com takes an inside look at the non-conference match between the Dukes and Hokies:
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HOKIE UPDATE: Last Saturday, the Hokies traveled to South Orange, N.J., for a BIG EAST match against Seton Hall. The Hokies jumped out to an early lead on a goal by freshman Matt Bright less than eight minutes into the contest. Sophomore Bailey Allman assisted Bright's first career goal. The Pirates rallied to tie the score in the 71st minute sending the game to sudden-victory play and then tallied the game-winner in the 95th minute.

"We played disciplined soccer today and stuck to the game plan," head coach Oliver Weiss explained following the overtime loss. "Fatigue settled in during the last 10 minutes of the regulation and took its toll in overtime. As a result, they had more scoring opportunities late in the game. It was a disappointing finish, but everyone worked hard."

Tech goalkeeper Chase Harrison kept the Hokies in the game making 12 saves, nine of which came in the second half.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT JMU: After winning their first four games of the season the Dukes have dropped their last five outings and now stand at 4-5-0. James Madison is directed by one of the winningest coaches of all-time, Tom Martin. In his 16th season at the helm, Martin has guided James Madison to more than 350 wins and has earned NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors twice.

This season, senior Patrice Filin, a native of Paris, France, leads James Madison with eight points (three goals, two assists), including two game-winning goals, and sophomore Denny Fulk has tallied six points on two goals and two assists. Senior goalkeeper Josh Kovolenko, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association selection, gives the Dukes a solid presence in goal. During James Madison's four-game win streak to start the season, Kovolenko allowed only one goal, but since then he has allowed 10 goals. On the year, Kovolenko has a 1.22 goals against average and made 32 saves.

SERIES INFORMATION: Since Tech elevated its men's soccer program to varsity status in 1972, James Madison leads the all-time series 18-3-2 and has won seven in a row. The Hokies last victory over the Dukes came during the 1987 season in Harrisonburg, Va., when Tech shutout JMU, 1-0. The match will be the second time Tech has faced a CAA opponent in 2002. The Hokies opened the season with a 3-2 overtime loss at Old Dominion.

UP NEXT: Tech will return home for a BIG EAST match against Providence on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Moseley Field. The Hokies are a perfect 2-0 this season at home with both wins coming against conference opponents.