Women's Soccer Prepares For Two Road Matches
Weekly notes for Sept. 3-10
September 3, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE WOMEN'S SOCCER: Friday, Sept. 5 - Hokies at Miami (Ohio) University, 5 p.m., in Oxford, Ohio Sunday, Sept. 7 - Hokies at Marshall University, 1 p.m., in Huntington, W. Va. TWO-MATCH ROAD TRIP NEXT: After opening up their home season with a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime victory against American on Sept. 2, the Hokies now venture back on the road for matches at Miami University and Marshall. SERIES RESULTS: This will be the first meeting between Virginia Tech and both Miami and Marshall. SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * The Miami Redhawks were 19-3-2 and 11-1 in the MAC in 2002. They return five starters from that team and 10 letterwinners, but the Redhawks lost several key players to graduation who contributed 44 goals last year. Head coach Bobby Kramig enters his eighth season sporting a 76-42-7 record in Oxford. Junior Ashley Swinehart is the teams' top returnee, having scored seven goals to go along with seven assists in 2002. Miami is 0-1 in 2003. * Marshall returns seven starters from a team that went 6-9-2 last season. Chris Kane, who is in his first year as a head coach, leads the Thundering Herd. Marshall started the year 0-2 before a match on Sept. 5 with Dayton. The Thundering Herd was shut out in their first two matches. HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies are 1-1 in 2003. Virginia Tech lost 4-2 at George Mason to open the year, but the Hokies still out shot the Patriots 15-10. Senior Kathy Holdsworth scored both goals. In the Hokies' home opener at the new Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium, Jessica Myers scored a goal in the 104th minute to give the hosts a 3-2 double-overtime victory over American University. The Hokies fell behind 2-0 in the first six minutes but rallied to hold the Eagles to just five shots in the final 55:21. BARNHART MOVES UP: Senior Emily Barnhart moved a little closer to becoming Virginia Tech's most decorated player. The Columbus, Ohio, native already owns the career assist record with 13 and needs just five goals to move into first in career goals. Her 16 career goals are four short of Victoria Sarfo-Kantanka's record of 20. Barnhart also needs only three more points to become the Hokies' all-time leading scorer. Sarfo-Kantanka also holds this record with 47 career points. Barnhart netted her first goal of 2003 in the Hokies' win over American. MYERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Senior Jessica Myers was named the Player of the Match after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in the American match. Her two goals give her 12 for her career. SAVING SOLDNER: Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner rose to the occasion on Tuesday, making a career-high eight saves. After giving up two quick goals in the first six minutes to American, Soldner shut out the Eagles for the next 97 minutes. She made several diving stops, including one save at the left post right as the ball was nearing the goal line. HAMMERING THE NETS: Virginia Tech has had no shortage of offense this year. In two matches, the Hokies have averaged 20.5 shots per match. Virginia Tech slammed the American net with a season-high 26 shots on Tuesday. Forty-eight percent of all of the Hokie shots have been on-goal. UP NEXT: The Hokies host James Madison on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.