Virginia Tech Edges Liberty, 2-1
Hokies equal win total from 2002 by improving to 6-4
October 2, 2003

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team improved to 6-4-0 on the season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Liberty here Thursday night as the temperature slowly dipped toward freezing level as the evening wore on. With the win, the Hokies equaled their win total from the 2002 season, when they finished 6-11-1.

"It's a win," said first-year Hokie head coach Kelly Cagle. "Right now, we are trying to get on a three or four game skid where we're playing well, and this started it tonight with the outcome. It's also a road win. No matter if its two hours away or nine hours, we have five more road matches, and if we can come out with an outcome like this regardless of how it looks, it will be fine."

The Hokies came out with intensity in the first half and jumped on top 1-0 at halftime. The Hokies top two offensive weapons - seniors Emily Barnhart and Jessica Myers - hooked up on a scoring play at 10:11 to give Virginia Tech a 1-0 lead. Myers booted a corner kick that came down on the right side of the Flame net, and Barnhart sneaked behind the Liberty defense to head the ball in for her team-leading seventh goal. Myers notched her team-leading fifth assist on the play. It was also Myers' 10th career assist, moving her into a tie for second place in career assists. Barnhart continued to add to her career goals record with her 22nd.

Senior Kathy Holdsworth then netted the eventual game-winning goal at 49:51. She beat a pair of Liberty defenders and slammed a shot from eight yards out to the back of the net. Her 17th career goal moved her into sole possession of fourth place in career goals.

The Flames battled back, however, and Sarah Davis knocked in the Flames' lone goal at 71:04 after a crossing pass from Sarah Foster. The ball slid past Hokie keeper Natasha Dirda, who had subbed into the match for starter Mallory Soldner in the 61st minute.

The Hokies tallied 12 shots during the 90-minute contest, while the Flames had eight. Soldner made five saves, while Dirda stopped one. Virginia Tech also had six corner kicks to just one for Liberty.

The Hokies' next action is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, as they travel to Seton Hall for a BIG EAST non-standings match.