James Madison Edges Tech in Overtime
Hokies prepare for their home opener against Liberty on Sept. 24
September 18, 2002

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team continued its struggles Wednesday night with a 2-1 overtime loss to James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. The Hokies have now dropped its last three contests by one goal apiece and are still in search of their first victory of 2002. With the loss Tech falls to 0-6-1 on the year as James Madison improves to 4-2-1 overall.

In the 32nd minute of play, the Hokies captured a one-goal advantage on a goal by Jessica Myers (Richmond, Va.). Hokie sophomore Kristel Jacobson (Hampton, N.H.) served the ball ahead to Myers who gathered the pass and scored from 10-yards out.

Tech's lead did not last for long. Less than five minutes later, James Madison forward Deanna Saracino scored her first goal of the evening on a header from 10 yards out. The two teams entered intermission deadlocked at 1-1.

The teams played a scoreless second half, forcing the sudden-victory overtime. Just over three minutes into the first overtime period, Saracino tallied her second goal of the night to secure the 2-1 victory for the Dukes. James Madison red-shirt senior Teri Joyce connected with Saracino on a cross into the penalty box. Saracino netted the game-winner from four yards out.

Tech, playing in its seventh consecutive road game, will return home to prepare for its home opener against Liberty on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Moseley Field.

Goals by period         1  2  ot    F
Virginia Tech (0-6-1)   1  0  0  -  1
James Madison (4-2-1)   1  0  1  -  2

VT - Jesse Myers (Kristel Jacobson), 31:16
JMU - Deanna Saracino (Kim Arby), 35:58
JMU - Saracino (Teri Joyce), 93:07

Shots on goal: Virginia Tech 7, JMU 18
Corner Kicks: Virginia Tech 0, JMU 1
Goalkeeping: Virginia Tech - Natasha Dirda - 5 saves, 2 GA, 93:07; JMU - Jessica Hussey, 1 save, 2 GA, 93:07