Important Weekend Ahead For Hokies
Weekly notes for Sept. 24-Oct. 1
September 24, 2003


Friday, Sept. 26 - Hokies host St. John's, 7 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium (BIG EAST match)

Sunday, Sept. 28 - Hokies host Connecticut, 12 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium (BIG EAST match / doubleheader with men' soccer)

HOKIES RETURN TO FRIENDLY CONFINES: The Virginia Tech women's soccer team is glad to be back in familiar territory. The Hokies host St. John's on Friday after two weeks without a home match. The last home match for the Hokies was on Sept. 11 when they defeated James Madison 3-0.

SERIES RESULTS: The series with St. John's is tied at 1-1-0. The Hokies dropped a 2-1 match at St. John's last year and won 4-0 in 2001. The Hokies trail the series with Uconn 2-0-0. The Huskies won last year's meeting 2-1 in Storrs, CT.


* St. John's is 2-5-1 overall and has yet to play a league match. Goalkeeper Gabriela Franco ranks third in the league in saves, and the Red Storm leads the conference in fouls. Ian Stone led St. John's to an 11-6-4 record in 2002.

* The Connecticut Huskies are ranked 10th in the nation this week. They are 4-1-2 overall and have also yet to play a BIG EAST match. Jessica Gjersten ranks third in the league with seven goals.

HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies are looking to get back on the wining track after a tough 2-1 loss at Syracuse last Sunday...The Hokies were held to no shots in the second half at Syracuse...Senior Emily Barnhart needs just two goals to tie the career record, while senior Jessica Myers needs five.

ANOTHER RECORD FALLS: With her goal in the Syracuse match, senior Emily Barnhart set a career record with her 49th point. Barnhart had been tied with Victoria Sarfo-Kantanka (1998-2001) with 47 points. She holds the career record for assists with 13 and needs just three more goals to set that career record as well.

A LOOK AT THE BIG EAST: The Virginia Tech Hokies are currently in seventh place in the Northeast Division at 0-1-0, but the Hokies are only a game out of first. That's because Syracuse and the Hokies are the only teams that have played a league match so far.

WHERE THE HOKIES STAND: A quick look at where the Hokies stand in the conference stats:

Shots - 8th

Goals - 5th

Points - 7th

Goals Per Match - 5th

Assists - 7th

Assists Per match - 7th

Goals Against Average - 10th

Saves - 4th

Shutouts - 5th

Corner Kicks - 8th

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: A quick look at where the Hokie players rank in the conference stats:

Shots - Jessica Myers, 9th

Shots Per Match - Jessica Myers, 7th

Points - Jessica Myers, 10th

Points Per Match - Jessica Myers, 10th

Goals - Jessica Myers, 7th

Goals Per Match - Jessica Myers, 7th

Game-Winning Goals - Jessica Myers, 3rd

Saves - Mallory Soldner, 2nd

Saves Per Match - Mallory Soldner, 2nd

Shutouts - Mallory Soldner, 6th

Shutouts Per Match - Mallory Soldner, 9th

NO SHUTOUTS: The Hokies haven't been shutout this year and have scored at least one goal in 12 consecutive matches dating to last season. In fact, the Hokies have scored goals in 19 out of the last 20 matches.

QUICK START: The Hokies have been getting out of the starting gates fast this year. Virginia Tech has out shot its opponents 69-41 in the first half in seven matches this season. However, things get a little tighter in the second half as the Hokies and their opponents have both taken 42 shots.

EVERYBODY'S CONTRIBUTING: In all, seven different Hokies have scored goals this year, while nine have at least one assist. Ten separate Hokies have scored at least one point, while 14 have at least two shots apiece.

ALMOST HALFWAY: With 15 goals scored this year, the Hokies are almost halfway to the season record of 34 set in 1996 and 1999. With 11 assists, the Hokies are a third of the way to that record of 33 set in 1999.

UP NEXT: The Hokies trek east to Liberty for a 6:30 p.m. match on Thursday, Oct. 2.