Hokies Nearly Upset No. 21 Villanova
Virginia Tech drops 2-1 match to undefeated Wildcats
September 14, 2003

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team gave a valiant effort Sunday afternoon, but the host Villanova Wildcats, ranked 21st nationally, edged the Hokies 2-1. The Hokies fell to 4-2-0 on the season, while Villanova improved to 6-0-0. The near upset came against a Villanova team that surrendered zero goals in its first four matches.

After a goal by Villanova's Patricia Misciagna in the 17th minute gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, Virginia tech answered. Senior Kathy Holdsworth gained control of a deflected ball and smashed a 10-yard shot to the right corner of the net at the 37-minute mark. The ball slipped past Wildcat keeper Chrissy Dolan to tie the score at 1-1.

Villanova's Regina Vallari netted the game's final goal just a minute-and-a-half into the second period. At 46:31, Jamie Weist assisted Villari, who blasted a shot from the left to right corner past Hokie keeper Mallory Soldner.

The Hokies got another solid performance from Soldner, who finished with a career-high 10 saves. The Hokies managed 11 shots, and nine of them were on-goal as the Hokies continued to show aggressiveness on offense. They also led 6-4 in corner kicks. The Wildcats had 17 shots.

Virginia Tech's next action is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19, when the Hokies travel back to the Philadelphia area for a non-conference match at LaSalle.