Hokies Drop BIG EAST Opener
Hokies dominate first half, but Syracuse wins 2-1
September 21, 2003

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Despite a goal from senior Emily Barnhart and an assist from team scoring leader Jessica Myers, the Virginia Tech women's soccer team dropped its BIG EAST opener to Syracuse 2-1 on Sunday. The Hokies fell to 4-3-0 overall, while the Orangewomen moved to 5-2-0.

The Hokies dominated the first 45 minutes of the match, out shooting SU 10-5. Barnhart gave the Hokies a 1-0 lead at 16:32 with her third goal of the season and 18th of her career, leaving her just two goals shy of the career record of 20. Myers tallied her 12th point of the year with an assist on the play, her second of the 2003 season.

The Hokies' defense stymied the Orangewomen until late in the second half when Shana Thomas slipped a shot past Hokie goalkeeper Mallory Soldner for a 1-1 tie. Thomas went one v. one down the sideline and slammed a shot to the high left side of the net. The match seemed destined for overtime, but Syracuse's Kristina Cristofori netted the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left in regulation.

The loss overshadowed another strong performance from Soldner. She made seven saves, one above her season average. The Hokies finished with 10 shots, while the Orangewomen notched 15. Emily Kowalczyk made six saves for Syracuse.

The Hokies will look to even their BIG EAST record when St. John's pays a visit to the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium on Friday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.