Hokies Ready For James Madison
Weekly notes for Sept. 10-17
September 10, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE WOMEN'S SOCCER: Thursday, Sept. 11 - Hokies host James Madison, 7 p.m., at Moseley Field Sunday, Sept. 14 - Hokies at Villanova, 1 p.m., in Villanova, Pa. (BIG EAST non-division match) SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies will be shooting for their first win against James Madison as the Dukes lead the all-time series 9-0-1. Last season, James Madison edged the Hokies 2-1 in Harrisonburg. The Hokies have faced Villanova just once. Virginia Tech lost a 2001 match to the Wildcats 2-0. SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * James Madison is 1-2-1 after a 4-0 loss to West Virginia last Sunday. The Dukes have been outscored 9-2 in their four matches. Veteran coach David Lombardo is in his 14th year at JMU and led the Dukes to a 13-8-1 record in 2002. Kim Argy is the Dukes' top offensive threat as she notched 13 goals in 2002 and has one in 2003 * The Villanova Wildcats are one of the top tier teams in the BIG EAST. They are 4-0 in 2003 and have yet to surrender a goal. Ann Clifton is in her seventh season as head coach and posted a 14-3-4 mark last year. They were second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the conference. Laura Johnson, a first-team All-BIG EAST performer last season, returns to lead Villanova. She had nine goals and nine assists in 2002. HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies have won three matches in a row, improving to 3-1 on the year. The Hokies have also been notching up the offense lately with eight goals in the last three matches. Junior goalkeeper Natasha Dirda saw her first action of the 2003 season on Sunday at Marshall. Dirda played the entire second half and made three saves while allowing zero goals. Meanwhile, freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner has put together 232 consecutive scoreless minutes after giving up two goals in the first six minutes against American. MYERS NAMED CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Jessica Myers was named BIG EAST co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Myers scored four goals last week, including two game-winners. She netted two goals in the second half of the Hokies' 3-2 come-from-behind win over American on Sept. 2 and then scored goals in both wins over the weekend at Miami and Marshall. Myers raised her career goals scored to 14. The Hokies did not have a player earn the league's weekly top honor in 2002, but sophomore Kjersti Trout did earn Rookie of the Week after she scored four goals in a 5-0 win over Liberty last year. ROOKIE THREAT: Freshman Kani Brownlee has earned the respect of the new coaching staff as she has worked her way into the Hokie starting lineup. Brownlee scored her first career goal in the 2-0 over Miami and it counted as the game-winning score. She also notched her first assist in the Marshall match. SHUTOUT CITY: The Hokies have gone 232 minutes without allowing a goal. After giving up two goals in the first six minutes in the American match, Virginia Tech posted shutouts at Miami and Marshall. In addition, the Hokies generated 37 shots in the two road matches, including 21 on-goal. AND...THEY'RE OFF! Virginia Tech has fared much better in its first four matches this year than it did in 2002. The Hokies are 3-1-0 in 2003, while they got off to a slow 0-3-1 start in 2002. The Hokies have also scored 10 goals already this year. Virginia Tech tallied its 10th goal of 2002 in the eighth match. UP NEXT: The Hokies get a little break from competition. After Sunday at Villanova, they are idle until Sept. 19 when they travel to LaSalle in Philadelphia for a 4 p.m. match.