Tech Soccer Returns to Pitch Sunday
Men's and women's soccer preview
October 12, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams will both return to action Sunday afternoon. The men's team travels to Huntington, W.Va., for a match with Marshall, while the women's team hosts the Providence Friars in a BIG EAST divisional match on Moseley Field at noon. previews Sunday afternoon's matches:

VT Men's Soccer: 6-5-1 overall, 2-3-0 BIG EAST
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HOKIE UPDATE: Redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire and freshman Peer Rogge contributed on all three goals in Tech's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over UNC Greensboro Tuesday afternoon. Jonmaire finished with two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist, while Rogge tallied one goal and two assists. Trailing 2-1 at intermission, the Hokies scored two goals in the final 20 minutes of regulation en route to a 3-2 victory.

TECH VERSUS MARSHALL: The Hokies own an 11-3 advantage in the all-time series against Marshall. Tech has won its last three meetings against the Thundering Herd outscoring the opposition 5-1. Marshall last defeated Tech during the 1994 season, 2-1, in Huntington, W.Va.

CHIPPING IN ON OFFENSE: During Tech's victory over UNC Greensboro Tuesday afternoon, two Hokie defenders chipped in on the offensive end by assisting on a goal. Senior Rob Smith recorded his first point of the season with an assist on Tech's first goal of the game, while senior Greg Medsker assisted on the game-winning goal.

HARRISON'S HOMECOMING: Freshman goalkeeper Chase Harrison, a native of Huntington, W.Va., will have the opportunity to return home Sunday when Tech travels to Marshall. A graduate of Huntington High School, Harrison has made 39 saves in 826 minutes of action during his rookie campaign.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Hokies will travel to western Pennsylvania for a BIG EAST match against Pittsburgh Wednesday evening. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

VT Women's Soccer: 3-8-1 overall, 0-2-0 BIG EAST (Northeast Division)
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HOKIES DROP HEARTBREAKER: The Hokies lost a heartbreaker Friday afternoon as Boston College erased a two-goal deficit by scoring three goals in the final eight minutes allowing the Eagles to escape Blacksburg with a 3-2 victory. Tech held a 2-0 lead at intermission due to goals by freshman Kjersti Trout and junior Emily Barnhart. The loss snapped Tech's six-game unbeaten streak on Moseley Field.

BARNHART SETS RECORD: With her fifth assist of the season on Tech's first goal in its loss to Boston College, junior Emily Barnhart set a new school record as she tallied her 11th career assist, surpassing Shannon Otto (1996-99) and Carmen Chestnut (1998-01). Barnhart also currently ranks fourth on the all-time points leader board with 33 points, and seventh among the career goal scorers with 11.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters Sunday's match riding a three game win streak and has won four of its last five outings. The only loss during the five game stretch came in double-overtime against Boston College. Sophomore Maura Robertson (16 points) and freshman Kerry O'Malley (10 points) lead the Providence offense, while BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, Caroline Haines (53 saves, 1.03 GAA) anchors the Friars defense. The Friars defeated Tech 3-1 in Providence last season in the only meeting between the two teams.

UP NEXT: The Hokies will host Syracuse Sunday next Sunday afternoon in a conference Northeast Division match and will wrap-up their five game home stand Wednesday afternoon against nationally-ranked West Virginia.