Hokies Travel To Liberty, Seton Hall
Weekly notes for Oct. 1-8
October 1, 2003


Thursday, Oct. 2 - Hokies at Liberty, 6:30 p.m., in Lynchburg, Va.

Sunday, Oct. 5 - Hokies at Seton Hall, 1 p.m., in South Orange, N.J. (BIG EAST non-standings match)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Virginia Tech women's soccer team ventures back on the road for two matches this week at Liberty and Seton Hall. The Hokies are 2-3-0 on the road this year with wins at Marshall and Miami (Ohio).

SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies own a 5-1-0 advantage in the series with Liberty. Last season, Virginia Tech cruised past the Flames 5-0 behind the record-setting four-goal performance by then-freshman Kjersti Trout. The Hokies trail in the series with Seton Hall 2-0-0 and lost matches in 2000 and 2001 by identical 3-2 scores.


* Liberty is 1-8-1 on the season. The Flames have struggled on offense this year, scoring only three goals in their 10 matches. The Flames own a win over Longwood, 2-0. James Price is in his seventh year coaching Liberty, and he brings a 53-60-8 career record into the match.

* The Seton Hall Pirates are 2-6-1 in 2003 and 0-1-0 in the BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division. Jocelyn Demaresq leads SHU with four assists. Head Coach Betty Ann Kempf has been leading the Pirates since the inception of their program 10 years ago.

HOKIE NOTES: The Hokies are averaging nearly 2.5 goals per match...Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Soldner leads the BIG EAST in saves per match...Senior Emily Barnhart set the career goals record with two more in the Connecticut match...Seven different Hokie have scored goals in 2003...Senior Jessica Myers leads the team in scoring with 16 points and leads the BIG EAST with four game-winning goals...Eleven different Hokies have notched assists this season.

"HART" BREAKER: Senior Emily Barnhart has established herself as the most prolific scorer in Hokie history. Barnahart's two goals against UConn, her 20th and 21st of her career, allowed her to set the school career record for goals. Barnhart set the career record for points last week at Syracuse and set the career record for assists last season. Her career numbers stand at 21 goals, 13 assists, and 55 points. She also owns the record for shots.

A LOOK AT THE BIG EAST: The Virginia Tech Hokies are currently tied for the lead in points in the Northeast Division with three. Overall, they are in third place in the record part of the standings at 1-2-0.

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

Shots - 9th

Goals - 5th

Points - 6th

Goals Per Match - 5th

Assists - 8th

Assists Per match - 8th

Goals Against Average - 14th

Saves - 3rd

Shutouts - 8th

Corner Kicks - 9th

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

Shots - Jessica Myers, 9th

Shots Per Match - Jessica Myers, 6th

Points - Jessica Myers, 8th

Points Per Match - Jessica Myers, 8th

Goals - Jessica Myers, 7th

Goals - Emily Barnhart, 7th

Goals Per Match - Jessica Myers, 7th

Goals Per Match - Emily Barnhart, 7th

Game-Winning Goals - Jessica Myers, 1st

Saves - Mallory Soldner, 2nd

Saves Per Match - Mallory Soldner, 1st

Shutouts - Mallory Soldner, 7th

WATCH OUT EMILY: While Emily Barnhart just set records for career goals and points, senior Jessica Myers is making a strong push to catch her teammate. Myers had a goal and two assists this week, bring her career total to 16 goals, nine assists and 41 points. Myers is currently in fourth place in all three categories. She needs two goals to catch Shannon Otto (1996-99) in career goals and needs just one assist to tie Otto and Carmen Chestnut (1998-01) in career assists. She needs five points to catch Otto in third place in points.

WHAT A PAIR: Emily Barnhart and Jessica Myers have each scored a goal or had an assist in three straight matches.

HOLD EVERYTHING: Senior Kathy Holdsworth has quietly made an assault on the record books as well. The Sarasota, Fla., native has five goals and an assist in 2003, giving her 16 career goals and three career assists for 33 points. That ranks her tied for fourth in goals and sixth in points.

UP NEXT: The Hokies make the short drive to Radford on Oct. 8 for a 4 p.m. match.