Hokies Head North This Week
Weekly notes for Sept. 17-24
September 17, 2003


Friday, Sept. 19 - Hokies at LaSalle, 4 p.m., in Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, Sept. 21 - Hokies at Syracuse, 1 p.m., in Syracuse, N.Y. (BIG EAST match)

HOKIES KICK OFF BIG EAST SCHEDULE: The Hokies are scheduled to kick off BIG EAST play on Sunday at Syracuse. Virginia Tech played at Villanova last Sunday, but that match did not count in the league standings.

SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies lead LaSalle 4-1-1 in the series. The last match was in 1999 when the Hokies won 3-0 in Philadelphia. Virginia Tech and Syracuse are tied 1-1-0. The Hokies defeated Syracuse 2-1 last year.


* LaSalle is still searching for its first win of the 2003 season, as they are 0-4-1. Krista Lee is the Explorers' top offensive threat with three goals. Paul Royal is in his first season as a head coach having moved over from Villanova, where he was the top assistant for five years.

* 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.

HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies made a valiant upset bid at Villanova Sunday before losing 2-1...Freshman Mallory Soldner was this week's BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week...Soldner made 14 saves in two matches last week...The Hokies have outshot their opponents 59-36 in the first half this year...Jessica Myers leads the Hokies with five goals this year and has moved into a tie for third place in career goals...Senior Emily Barnhart, with 17 career goals, needs just three goals to tie the career goals record of 20.

SOLDNER NAMED GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK: Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner earned the Hokies' second weekly conference honor Monday when she was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Soldner averaged 7.0 saves per match last week and recorded her second solo shutout in the 3-0 win against James Madison.

A LOOK AT THE BIG EAST: The Virginia Tech Hokies are currently tied for third place in the Northeast Division of the BIG EAST conference. The Hokies are 4-2-0 overall and are behind Notre Dame (6-0-0), Providence (4-1-0) and Syracuse (4-1-0). However, there have been no conference divisional matchups yet.

WHERE THE HOKIES STAND: A quick look at where the Hokies stand in the conference stats:
Shots - 5th
Goals - 5th
Points - 5th
Goals Per Match - 5th
Assists - 6th
Assists Per match - 7th
Goals Against Average - 11th
Saves - 4th
Shutouts - 2nd
Corner Kicks - 8th

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats:
Shots - Jessica Myers, 6th
Shots Per Match - Jessica Myers, 7th
Points - Jessica Myers, 10th
Goals - Jessica Myers, 6th
Goals Per Match - Jessica Myers, 8th
Game-Winning Goals - Jessica Myers, 2nd
Saves - Mallory Soldner, 2nd
Saves Per Match - Mallory Soldner, 4th
Shutouts - Mallory Soldner, 4th
Shutouts Per Match - Mallory Soldner, 4th

TRIPLE THREAT: Senior Jessica Myers is having a productive start to her final season as a Hokie. Myers leads the Hokies in goals (5), shots (24) and game-winning goals (3).

AGGRESIVENESS: The Hokies have been aggressive on offense this year, and it has shown in the stats. The Hokies have outshot their opponents 103-70 and have three more corner kicks than their opponents.

DEFENSE ISN'T HALF-BAD EITHER: The Hokie defense has risen to the occasion several times this year. The Hokies posted shutouts against James Madison (3-0), Marshall (3-0) and Miami (2-0). The Hokies held all three of those foes to 11 shots or less.

UP NEXT: After Sunday's tilt at Syracuse, the Hokies are idle until Sept. 26 when St. John's pays a visit to the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. BIG EAST divisional match.