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Women's Soccer Outlook

Hokies add depth for 1999.


Aug. 10, 1999


BLACKSBURG, Va. - Looking forward to a successful season in 1999, the Virginia Tech women's soccer team has added depth to an already strong roster. After repeating the record of 9-9-1 for the third straight year, the Hokies hit the recruiting trail and added 12 new players.

The Hokies will also look to the six returning seniors for guidance and leadership. Shannon Otto, who holds school records for career goals (18), career assists (9) and most points (45), returns to help lead the Hokies through the season. Otto posted 33 shots on goal, four goals and four assists for 12 total points last season.

Other seniors who will return and play a key role on the Hokie squad include Tatum Crawford, a defender who played in all 19 games for Tech, and Kerry Guenther. Guenther, co-captain of last season's team, is a defender who has become the vocal leader of the Hokies.

Other key returnees include Shannon Janko, who as a true freshmen led Hokie goalkeepers in minutes played (690), fewest goals allowed (10), goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (.808).

Victoria Sarfo-Kantanka and Carmen Chestnut, both sophomores, return to the crucial roles they played in the accomplishments of the 1998 season.

These outstanding athletes stole the spotlight in 1998 by posting team-leading numbers. Chestnut guided the team with eight goals for 16 total points while Sarfo-Kantanka followed close behind her with seven goals and an assist for 15 total points.

Joy Nsubuga and Wendy Kotwas may be newcomers to the Tech squad but have already played on the Olympic Development Team.

Nsubuga, who is from Hollysprings, N.C., attended Brevard Junior College and was named the Junior College National Player of the Year in 1998.

Kotwas attended Monroe Community College where she set records for all-time season goals scored and all-time scoring. She was the 1998-99 Monroe Community College Female Athlete of the Year.

Along with new players, the Hokies added several opponents to the schedule. The Hokies open the season at Liberty and will travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia. Tech will also compete in the Radford Women's Soccer Tournament where it will face Georgia State and Towson.

New players and new teams combine to close out the century with a season sure to be remembered.

* After a 3-11-3 2002 season, Syracuse has made improvements this year. The Orangewomen, led by eighth-year head coach April Kater, are 4-1-0 in 2003. Kater's team returned 21 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad. Before 2002, Kater's teams have won 10 or more matches every year since 1996.