Tech Hosts BIG EAST Doubleheader
The Hokies will play Sunday afternoon on Moseley Field
October 18, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer programs will host a BIG EAST doubleheader Sunday afternoon on Moseley Field. The women's team will face the Syracuse Orangewomen in the opening match at 1 p.m., followed by the men's team challenging the Georgetown Hoyas at 3:30 p.m. previews Sunday's double-header:

Overall: 4-8-1, BIG EAST (Northeast Division): 1-2-0
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SENIOR SENDOFF: At halftime of Sunday's match the Virginia Tech Athletics Department and women's soccer program will recognize the members of this year's senior class. Krista Dooley, a native of Richmond, Va., has been a four-year starter for the Hokies and is a co-captain this season. Krista has started all 72 games since her arrival at Tech and has recorded one goal and two assists as a defender. Courtney Graybill, a native of Macungie, Pa., has played in 35 games during her four-year career at Virginia Tech. Last season she scored her first career goal in the Hokies' victory over Howard and was awarded Virginia Tech's prestigious Skelton Award for her accomplishments academically and athletically.

HOKIE UPDATE: Last weekend Tech split a pair of BIG EAST matches, dropping a 3-2 decision to Boston College and then rebounding with a 3-2 victory over Providence. Junior Emily Barnhart contributed on five of Tech's six goals in two conference matches. Barnhart tallied a goal and an assist in the Hokies' 3-2 loss to Boston College. With her assist against the Eagles, she tallied her 11th career assist, setting a school record, and followed that up by scoring two goals in Tech's first BIG EAST win of the season over Providence.

SCOUTING SYRACUSE: The Orangewomen, 2-9-2 on the year and 0-4-1 in conference play, enter the contest looking to snap a nine-game winless streak. Offensively, Syracuse is led by sophomores Stephanie Sybert (11 points) and Natalie Galas (eight points), but the Orangewomen have not scored a goal in more than 386 minutes of play.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Barnhart, the career assists leader at Tech, leads the Hokies with 15 points (five goals, five assists) and her 37 career points rank fourth among the all-time leaders. She also leads the team with seven points (three goals, one assist) in conference division matches only.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Tech has posted a 3-1-0 record on Moseley Field this season and has posted a 6-1-1 record on its home turf in the last eight matches.

QUICK STARTS: The Hokies have outscored their opponents 12-7 in first half action this season and have allowed only one first half goal in the last six outings. The Hokies have struggled in second half action and have been outscored 18-8 in the second stanza.

UP NEXT: The Hokies return to action Wednesday afternoon against nationally-ranked West Virginia on Moseley Field at 3 p.m.

Overall: 8-5-1, BIG EAST: 3-3-0
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JONMAIRE, ROGGE KEY HOKIES' HOT STREAK: Redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire and Peer Rogge have combined for 21 points (seven goals, seven assists) in Tech's five previous matches, a stretch in which the Hokies posted a 4-1 record and improved to 8-5-1 on the year. Jonmaire, who has accounted for three goals and two assists during the five-game span, leads the team with 19 points (seven goals, five assists), including four game-winning goals. Jonmaire is one of only two players in the BIG EAST to receive Offensive Player of the Week honors twice and was also named to Soccer America's Men's Team of the Week. Rogge, who has tallied three goals and four assists in the stretch, received BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors and National Team of the Week recognition.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE HOYAS: Georgetown enters the match with a 5-7-0 record and a 3-3-0 mark in the BIG EAST. Sunday's match will be the first outing in seven days for the Hoyas since Wednesday's match against West Virginia was postponed due to inclement weather. Georgetown is led by Ben Jefferson-Dow, who has recorded nine points (four goals, one assist) this season.

COMEBACK KIDS: The Hokies have made a habit of rallying in the second half lately. In the last three matches - UNC Greensboro, Marshall and Pittsburgh - the Hokies trailed but came from behind to pull off the victory.

DEFENSE STEPS IT UP: Although Tech's offense has scored seven goals in the previous three matches, the Hokies' defensive effort cannot be overlooked. Tech limited UNC Greensboro's Chris Goos, one of the nation's leading scorers to only one assist and held Marshall's Byron Carmichael scoreless. At the time Carmichael was two points shy of the Mid-American Conference career scoring mark. Coach Oliver Weiss praised Tech's defensive efforts after each of the last three wins pointing out the fine play of seniors Keith Benderoth and Greg Medsker, along with junior Harold Russell.

RAIN OUTS: Six BIG EAST matches were scheduled for Wednesday, but only two games were played, including Tech's 2-1 overtime victory against Pittsburgh. Due to heavy rain across the Northeast, four games were postponed. St. John's defeated Seton Hall, 1-0, in the only other match played Wednesday.

DOWN THE STRETCH: After Sunday's conference match-up against Georgetown, the Hokies have four crucial BIG EAST matches remaining in the regular season. Tech will host Syracuse next Sunday afternoon on Moseley Field and will then pack its bags and head to Storrs, Conn., for a match against Connecticut on Oct. 30, and then travel to northern Indiana for a match against Notre Dame on Nov. 1.