Hokies Post Third Straight Shutout
Virginia Tech ends winless streak against James Madison with 3-0 defeat
September 11, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - If it's not broken, don't fix it. That's been the game plan lately for the Virginia Tech women's soccer team, and the philosophy worked again on Thursday as the Hokies defeated James Madison (JMU) 3-0.

Virginia Tech improved to 4-1-0 on the season with its third consecutive shutout, while JMU dropped to 1-3-1. The win for the Hokies also marked the programs' first-ever win over the Dukes. Previously, JMU led the all-time series 9-0-1.

"I think we are just trying to stick with what's been working for us," said Hokie head coach Kelly Cagle. "Our preparations for this game were trying to take the focus off the fact that we had never beaten them before and put it on the fact that it's game number five and how it would be a wonderful win going into a traveling weekend. The girls were great. The attitude and their approach to the game was fantastic."

Senior Jessica Myers got the home team on the board in the 27th minute with her fifth goal of the year. Senior Kathy Holdsworth directed a hard shot toward the Duke net that ricocheted off the crossbar. Myers cleaned up the rebound, slipping a shot past Duke keeper Jessica Hussey at 26:32. It was Myers' 15th career goal and her third game-winning goal out of four Hokie wins this season.

Freshman Lauren Eaton scored her first career goal as a Hokie at 35:59 to give Virginia Tech a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Sophomore Molly McCall registered her first career assist on the scoring play. In the second half, senior Emily Barnhart closed the night's scoring at 60:34. Barnhart directed the ball to the back of the net after Myers lobbed a perfect 40-yard free kick to the front of the goal. For Barnhart, it was her 17th career goal, leaving her three short of tying the Virginia Tech career goals record.

"What has been working has been our goal scorers and our style we're playing right now. Our girls executed awesome tonight," said Cagle. "We're going to stick with the things that work for us as long as they do. Our girls were prepared and ready from the start tonight."

The Hokie defense, meanwhile, pitched its third consecutive shutout. The Hokies have now played the last 367 minutes, dating back to the American University match on Sept. 2, without allowing a goal. Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner ran her scoreless minutes' streak to 322 and made four saves in the process. For the match, Virginia Tech generated 14 shots, while the Dukes tallied eight. Hussey stopped four Hokie shots for JMU.

"One of our goals is no goals," said Cagle. "I think our backs are taking it personally, and Mallory is taking it personally. This was probably the first match where our backs played the entire match as an organized unit. They were awesome tonight."

The Hokies will have perhaps their toughest test yet on Sunday as they travel to Villanova University for a 1 p.m. match. However, the match will not count in the BIG EAST standings as the Wildcats are in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Villanova is 4-0 and has yet to surrender a goal.