Tech Hosts Liberty in Women's Soccer Home Opener
Men's soccer travels to Radford for nightcap
September 24, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams will both be in action on Tuesday. The women's team hosts the Liberty Lady Flames on Moseley Field at 4 p.m., while the men's team will travel to area-rival Radford for a 7 p.m. kickoff. previews the men's and women's soccer matches for Tuesday, Sept. 24:

WOMEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW - vs. Liberty Lady Flames, 4 p.m., Moseley Field
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JUNIOR CO-CAPTAIN KATHY HOLDSWORTH ON PLAYING THE FIRST HOME GAME OF 2002: "It's good to finally have a home game," Holdsworth explained. "Starting Tuesday it is like a whole new season for us. Every game we have this year is against a good team so we can't sit back. We have to go out and put up a good fight each and every game."

HOKIE UPDATE: Tech enters today's match in search of its first win of the season and currently standS at 0-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the BIG EAST. The Hokies have dropped their last three decisions by one goal, including a 2-1 overtime loss to James Madison. Tech's offense is led by junior Jessica Myers who scored a goal in the last two games and has a team-high four points.

SCOUTING LIBERTY: Liberty enters the match with a 2-4-1 record overall and a 1-0-1 mark in the Big South Conference. Under the direction of sixth-year head coach James Price, the Lady Flames have captured back-to-back Big South championships earning the program two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Liberty is led by senior defender Sarah Gantner and junior goalkeeper Christie Goodman-Williams. Gantner has tallied a team-high two goals, while Goodman-Williams, a transfer from Houghton College, has recorded 46 saves in over 481 minutes.

SERIES INFORMATION: Tuesday's match between the Liberty Lady Flames and the Hokies will be the sixth meeting of the series. Tech holds a 4-1 advantage, with the Lady Flames claiming their first win last season in overtime in Lynchburg, Va.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Sophomore Natasha Dirda joined the women's soccer team last spring as a walk-on and has since earned the role as the starting goalkeeper. Dirda has started six of Tech's seven games and has made 31 saves in more than 450 minutes. The native of McKees Rocks, Pa., is one of 13 newcomers to this year's squad.

ACCEPTING A NEW ROLE: Interim head coach Jerry Cheynet recently moved junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth to the sweeper position in order to solidify Tech's defense. Holdsworth started the season as a midfielder at the center of the Hokies' offensive attack. Through seven games, Holdsworth has tallied three points (one goal, one assist).

TECH PROMOTIONS: The Virginia Tech marketing and promotions staff will host a wide variety of promotions to allow Tech supporters to enjoy their experience at Moseley Field. At every match this year, two Tech T-shirts will be distributed following each goal and all 11 starters will throw mini-soccer balls into the bleachers following player introductions.

MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW - at Radford Highlanders, 7 p.m., Dedmon Center Field
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ENTERING TODAY'S MATCH: Tech enters today's match with a 4-2-1 record overall and a 2-1-0 mark in conference play. The Hokies are coming off back-to-back BIG EAST wins last week defeating West Virginia, 4-3, in double-overtime and posting their third shutout this season against Villanova, 3-0.

PLAYING FOR THE ROCK: In an effort to promote the Tech-Radford rivalry, the winner of the match is awarded the New River Rock, a tradition started by former men's soccer head coach Jerry Cheynet. Last year the Hokies re-claimed the rock for the first time since 1996. Tech leads the all-time series 15-9-2 but the Highlanders have won four of the last five meetings.

TECH PLAYERS HONORED BY BIG EAST: Sophomore Ken Jonmaire and Lasse Mertins were honored as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week. Jonmaire led the Hokies with five points in their first two conference victories, including what proved to be the game-winning goal against Villanova. Mertins anchored Tech's defense, which recorded its third shutout of the season, and added two goals on the offensive end. Mertins, a 24-year old junior playing in his first season of college soccer, also was named to the National Team of the Week.

HARRISON GETS THE NOD: Freshman goalkeeper Chase Harrison earned his first two collegiate starts last week and posted back-to-back BIG EAST victories. He made three saves against Villanova in his first career shutout and stopped four Mountaineer shots in 103 minutes in Tech's double-overtime victory. On the season, Harrison has played 354:03 minutes, made 12 saves, and surrendered only four goals for a 1.02 goals against average.

BOX SCORE CORRECTION: For those of you scoring at home, senior Eric Prigot was credited with an assist on Tech's second goal of the Villanova match. The second assist on a goal by John Havas originally was awarded to freshman Matt Bright. Prigot now has two assists on the year.