Hokies Open At George Mason
Weekly notes for Aug. 28-Sept. 3
August 28, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE WOMEN'S SOCCER: Saturday, Aug. 30 - Hokies at George Mason, 7 p.m., in Fairfax, Va. / Tuesday, Sept. 2 - Hokies host American University, 7 p.m., at the new Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium HOKIES LOOK FOR QUICK START TO 2003 SEASON: The Virginia Tech women's soccer team hopes to make it two quick wins to begin the 2003 regular season. The Hokies travel to George Mason on Saturday, then return home to christen their new stadium on Tuesday when they host American University. Both teams fared well in their respective conferences last season and return a bulk of their talent SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies have never faced George Mason. The Hokies lead the series with American 2-1-1 with the last meeting coming in 1997. In that match, Virginia Tech prevailed 1-0. SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * The George Mason Patriots are looking to re-load after losing six of their 11 starters from a year ago. GMU was 10-11 in 2002 but fashioned a 7-2 mark in the conference. Jac Cicala begins his 12th season with the Patriots having compiled a 130-87-16 record over his first 11 seasons. The team lost a majority of its offense to graduation but still returns junior Sarah Wilkinson (4 goals, 4 assists) and second-team All-CAA goalkeeper Sarah Coughlin * The American Eagles are coming off a 10-9-2 season that saw them finish 6-2-1 in the Patriot League. Head coach Michael Brady begins his fourth season at the helm. Brady was one of the most decorated players in American University history, leading the 1985 team to the NCAA title match and earning National Player of the Year. He has two quality performers back in Anabel Jimenez and Simone Konig. Jimenez notched 10 goals in 2002, while Konig racked up 13 assists. HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies are under the guidance of a new coaching staff in 2003 as former WUSA player Kelly Cagle takes over. Cagle played a season for the Atlanta Beat before taking the Hokies' head coaching assignment. Dan Cagle, Kelly's husband, and Erin Fahey round out the staff. All three bring a wealth of soccer knowledge and coaching experience with them. The Hokies return every player who contributed to the 25 goals last season and return all but two assists. Senior Emily Barnhart is poised to lead the Hokies again in 2003. She tallied seven goals and six assists last year, while sophomore Kjersti Trout looks to continue her solid play that earned her a BIG EAST Rookie of the Week selection last season. Trout had six goals and two assists. SENIOR SIGHTING: The Hokies should have no problem with senior leadership in 2003. Seven seniors return for their final season. Of the seven, six have been with the Hokies for three seasons. Cagle also has four other juniors to rely on for leadership, giving Virginia Tech a veteran lineup. IN GOOD COMPANY: Senior Emily Barnhart is poised to become Virginia Tech's most decorated player. The Columbus, Ohio, native already owns the career assist record with 12 and needs just six goals to move into first in career goals. Her 15 career goals are five short of Victoria Sarfo-Kantanka's record of 20. Barnhart also needs only six more points to become the Hokies' all-time leading scorer. Sarfo-Kantanka also holds this record with 47 career points. Senior goalkeeper Katie Hancock also appears on the record charts. The Stockton, Md., native ranks second in career saves with 216. The record is held by Hope Handley with 341. RARE HONOR FOR HOKIE FRESHMAN: Hokie freshman defender Lauren Eaton comes to Blacksburg on the heels of an extremely successful high school career. Prepping at C.D. Hylton High School in Fredricksburg, Eaton earned first-team All-State honors as a senior. She also earned an NSCAA all-South accolade. Eaton is the first Virginia player to earn both awards in the same season. UP NEXT: The Hokies hit the road next weekend at Miami (Ohio) University on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. and at Marshall on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Hokie women's soccer notes will be updated each Wednesday throughout the season.