Tech Drops Heartbreaker to Boston College
Eagles score three goals in final eight minutes
October 11, 2002

Box Score Boston College 3, VT 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to the visiting Boston College Eagles Friday afternoon, 3-2, in a BIG EAST Northeast Division match. The Eagles overcame a two-goal deficit and rallied to score three goals in the final eight minutes of regulation, snapping the Hokies' six-game unbeaten streak on Moseley Field. With the loss, Tech drops to 3-8-1 on the year and 0-2-0 in conference divisional play, while Boston College improves to 8-6-1, 4-2-0 in the conference's Northeast Division.

Tech opened the scoring in the 38th minute of play on a goal by freshman Kjersti Trout (Stafford, Va.). Trout's team-leading sixth goal of the season was assisted by freshman Ashley Stoutland (Avondale, Pa.) and junior Emily Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio). With her 11th career assist, Barnhart now stands atop the Tech career assists leader board surpassing Shannon Otto (1996-99) and Carmen Chestnut (1998-01).

The Hokies increased their lead in the 43rd minute when Barnhart struck again, this time by scoring her third goal of the season. Barnhart's goal was assisted by freshman Shannon Poach (Chesapeake, Va.).

Tech goalkeeper Natash Dirda (McKees Rocks, Pa.) assured the Hokies' two-goal halftime lead with two spectacular plays in the closing minutes of the opening stanza. Dirda deflected a Boston College direct kick over the goal and, on the ensuing Eagle corner kick, out-leaped the pack holding on to a dangerous centering pass.

Boston College came out strong in the second half and went on to outshoot the Hokies 11-2 in the second stanza. In the final eight minutes of regulation, the Eagles exploded for three goals in a six-minute span. Junior Sarah Rahko opened the scoring in the 83rd minute on a shot from 19 yards out. Freshman Ashley Hawkins played a perfect drop pass to Rahko for the assist.

In the 86th minute of play, Boston College sophomore Lindsay Fairweather blasted a shot from 18 yards out, but Dirda was able to save the initial shot and the ball deflected off the crossbar. Freshman Kelly Lavery collected the ricochet and knotted the score at 2-2 on her second goal of the season.

Fairweather completed the Eagles' rally with her first goal of the season with just 1:37 remaining to give Boston College the 3-2 victory.

Dirda checked in with an eight-save performance in goal for Tech, while the Boston College keeper Kate Taylor finished with four saves.

The Hokies will look to rebound Sunday at noon on Moseley Field in a conference Northeast Division match against Providence.

Goals by period                1  2    F
Boston College (8-6-1, 4-2-0)  0  3 -  3
Virginia Tech (3-8-1, 0-2-0)   2  0 -  2

1. 37:14 VT TROUT, Kjersti (STOUTLAND, Ashley;BARNHART, Emily)
2. 42:58 VT BARNHART, Emily (POACH, Shannon)
3. 82:13 BC RAHKO, Sarah (HAWKINS, Ashley)
4. 85:21 BC LAVERY, Kelly (FAIRWEATHER, Lindsey)
5. 88:23 BC FAIRWEATHER, Lindsey (unassisted)

Shots: Boston College 19, Virginia Tech 9
Saves: Boston College 4 (TAYLOR, Kate 4), Virginia Tech 8 (DIRDA, Natasha 8)

VT: Barnhart sets school career assists record