Four Hokies Receive Team Awards
Six seniors also recognized at awards banquet
April 29, 2004 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Six players received their senior awards and four were honored with the team's highest accolades when the Virginia Tech women's soccer team held its spring awards banquet Wednesday night with players, coaches and families in attendance. Senior Emily Barnhart was awarded the team's most prestigious honor, the Most Valuable Player, while fellow senior Jessica Myers earned the Offensive MVP accolade. Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner won the Defensive MVP, while sophomore Molly McCall was named the Most Improved Player. Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio) completely re-wrote the women's soccer record book, finishing her Tech career as the all-time leader in goals, (24), assists (13), points (61) and shots (205). In 2003, she led the Hokies with nine goals and was named third-team all-Mid Atlantic Region by Soccer Buzz. Her effectiveness around the net was evident by her .607 shot-on-goal percentage as she also led the team in overall shots with 56. She finished second on the team with 19 points. Myers (Richmond, Va.) led the Hokies in points and assists, tallying seven assists and seven goals for 21 points. She also led the squad and ranked among conference leaders with five game-winning goals, scoring the deciding goals in wins over American, Marshall, James Madison, St. John's and Providence. Myers concluded her career ranked on the top 10 career school record charts in goals, assists, points and shots, ranking second in assists (12) and shots (147), third in points (46) and fifth in goals (17). She was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8. Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) won the starting keeper's job in preseason and started 17 of 18 matches with 5.5 shutouts. She posted a 1.40 goals against average versus one of the strongest schedules in the BIG EAST and finished the season with 93 saves to rank fifth on the Hokies' chart for saves in a season. She put together a streak of more than 300 shutout minutes early in the year and helped Tech tie the school record with nine wins. Soldner also posted a 6-5 keeper's record in road matches and established a career high of 10 saves at # 21 Villanova. McCall (Fall Church, Va.) worked her way into the starting lineup after seeing limited time in only four matches as a freshman in 2002 while battling injuries. She started all 18 matches in 2003 and registered a goal and an assist while supplying Tech with reliability in the midfield. She notched her first career goal in a 3-0 win at Marshall and tallied her inaugural assist as a Hokie in Tech's 3-0 win against James Madison. In addition, seniors Blair Eason (Virginia Beach, Va.), Katie Hancock (Stockton, Md.), Kathy Holdsworth (Sarasota, Fla.), Jessica Russell (Arlington, Va.), Myers, and Barnhart were honored for their part in helping build the program over the previous four seasons. The group helped Tech win 32 matches, averaging eight wins a season, since 2000. The 2003 team went 9-9-0, tying the school record for wins. The Hokies scored three or more goals six times during the year, and six of their nine setbacks were by only one goal.