Tech Soccer Teams Wrap Up 2002 Regular Season
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October 29, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams will wrap up the 2002 regular season this week. The women's team will host New River Valley rival, Radford, Wednesday afternoon in the season finale on Moseley Field at 3 p.m. On the men's side, the Hokies travel to New England for a match versus No. 7 Connecticut Wednesday night and then head to Indiana for the conference finale at No. 19 Notre Dame Friday night. With a win or a tie in either BIG EAST match the men's team would clinch a berth into the BIG EAST postseason tournament. previews this week's Tech soccer matches:

VT Overall: 5-11-1, BIG EAST 2-4-0
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HOKIES UPDATE: Tech enters the match against Radford hoping to end the season on a high note by snapping its three game losing streak. Friday night St. John's eliminated the Hokies from BIG EAST postseason contention by defeating Tech 2-1 in overtime. Tech rookie goalkeeper Natasha Dirda was phenomenal in goal for the Hokies, making a season-high 11 saves, including a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth scored the equalizer on a penalty kick during regulation. Tech's upset bid Sunday against No. 9 Connecticut was erased in the 74th minute on a Huskies' penalty kick as UConn held on for a 2-1 victory. Junior Emily Barnhart paces Tech offensively with 18 points (six goals, six assists) and will look to lead the Hokies to their fourth consecutive victory over Radford.

LAST CALL: Krista Dooley and Courtney Graybill, the only two seniors on this year's team, will each be playing in her final game as a Hokie Wednesday afternoon. Dooley, a co-captain this season, has started all 75 games since her arrival at Tech, has recorded one goal and two assists as a defender, and was recognized as a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 2001. Graybill, a native of Macungie, Pa., has played in 38 games during her four year career at 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.

SCOUTING RADFORD: The Highlanders enter the match on a four-game win streak with a 12-2-1 record on the season accompanied by a 4-0-1 mark in the Big South. Sophomore Nikki Porter leads Radford with 27 points (11 goals, five assists), along with senior Jevne Reid, who has tallied 24 points (nine goals, six assists). Goalkeeper Samantha Woods and the Highlander defense have allowed only 12 goals through 15 games and Woods boasts a .813 save percentage. Radford is undefeated on the road in eight attempts, a stretch in which the Highlanders have outscored their opponents 28-4. Tech holds a 6-2-1 advantage in the all-time series and has been victorious in the last three meetings.

BARNHART'S PRODUCTION: Junior Emily Barnhart enters the final match of the season with six goals and six assists (18 points), with two game-winning goals. The native of Columbus, Ohio, is the all-time career assists leader at Tech with 12 and her 40 career points (14 goals, 12 assists) tie her for third on the all-time chart for total points.

VT Overall: 10-5-1, BIG EAST: 5-3-0
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HOKIE HIGHLIGHTS: The BIG EAST Conference honored reserve Bobby O'Brien and goalkeeper Chase Harrison as Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Goalkeeper Player of the Week, respectively. O'Brien and Harrison helped guide Tech to its fifth consecutive victory this season Sunday afternoon over Syracuse. The Hokies improved to 10-5-1 on the year and 5-3-0 in conference play thanks to a game-winning goal by O'Brien in the 89th minute and a tremendous defensive effort backed by Harrison's six saves.

LIVE STATS AVAILABLE FOR UCONN-TECH MATCH: Hokie fans can follow the match Wednesday night against No. 7 Connecticut on the web by clicking on the link below. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.:
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CONNECTICUT SCOUTING REPORT: The Huskies (11-4-0 overall, 5-3-0 BIG EAST) enter the match ranked No. 7 in the nation and own a perfect 6-0-0 record at home this season. All-American candidate Damani Ralph leads UConn's offense with 30 points (13 goals, four assists), accompanied by Cesar Cuellar, who has recorded 21 points (nine goals, three assists) through 15 games. Ralph and Cuellar have accounted for 13 of the Huskies' 17 goals in conference action. The UConn defense has limited its opponents to 12 goals in 15 matches and has recorded seven shutouts. Adam Schuerman (0.81 goals against average) handles the goalkeeper responsibilities. Through eight BIG EAST matches the Huskies have dominated first half action all season, outscoring their opponents 12-3, but have allowed seven scores in the second stanza compared to their five second half goals. Last season, UConn eliminated Tech in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship, 2-1 in double-overtime in Storrs, Conn.

ABOUT THE IRISH: Notre Dame will look to rebound from a 3-2 loss to Georgetown against the Hokies. The Hoyas snapped the Fighting Irish five-game win streak on a penalty kick with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Erich Braun and Chad Riley pace the Irish offense with 17 points apiece, while Braun leads the way in BIG EAST play with 13 points (six goals, one assist). In the first meeting ever last season, Notre Dame shut out the Hokies 2-0 in Blacksburg.

AWARD WINNING EFFORT: Five different Tech players have received at least a share of a BIG EAST Conference weekly award this season. In addition, three players have earned National Team of the Week status. Here is a breakdown of this year's award winners:

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week:
Sept. 23: Ken Jonmaire
Oct. 14: Ken Jonmaire^
Oct. 21: Ken Jonmaire^
Oct. 28: Bobby O'Brien

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week:
Oct. 21: Chase Harrison
Oct. 28: Chase Harrison^

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week:
Sept. 23: Lasse Mertins^
Oct. 14: Peer Rogge
Oct. 21: Lasse Mertins^

Soccer America Men's Team of the Week:
Week ending Oct. 13: Ken Jonmaire National Team of the Week:
Week ending Sept. 22: Lasse Mertins
Week ending Oct. 13: Peer Rogge

^ Named co-player of the week by BIG EAST