Hokies Host No. 8 West Virginia Wednesday
Tech and the Mountaineers kick off at 3 p.m. on Moseley Field
October 22, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Wednesday afternoon the Virginia Tech women's soccer team hosts the West Virginia Mountaineers, ranked No. 8 in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings, in a cross-divisional BIG EAST match. The match will be played on Moseley Field and is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

hokiesports.com previews the match between Tech and West Virginia:

Overall: 5-8-1, BIG EAST (Northeast Division): 2-2-0
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HOKIE UPDATE: Tech enters the match coming off back-to-back conference Northeast Division victories and has won three of its last four outings. Most recently, the Hokies came from behind to defeat Syracuse 2-1 in overtime. Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth accounted for both Tech scores and goalkeeper Natasha Dirda made two saves as the Hokies improved to 5-8-1 on the year and 2-2-0 in the Northeast Division.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT WEST VIRGINIA: The No. 8 ranked Mountaineers enter the match with a 14-1-1 record on the year and a 5-0-1 record in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the BIG EAST. West Virginia has already clinched the divisional title and a berth into the BIG EAST Championship tournament and will face the No. 4 seed from the Northeast Division in the post-season opener. After dropping their season opener at Auburn, the Mountaineers are unbeaten in their last 15 outings.

Offensively, West Virginia is led by junior Chrissie Abbott with 38 points (17 goals, four assists). Abbott, the conference's leading scorer, ranks 13th in the latest NCAA statistics for goals scored (1.06 gpg.) and points (2.38 ppg.). The Mountaineers' defense, which ranks fifth in the nation for goals against average (0.54 GAA), has allowed only nine goals all season and has allowed the offense to outscore their opponents 33-9 on the season. They recorded five consecutive shutouts and have not allowed a goal in more than 480 minutes.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Tech's 2-1 victory over Syracuse Sunday marks the first overtime win for the Hokies since they defeated Radford, 4-3, Sept. 8, 1999. This season Tech has posted a 1-2-1 mark in sudden-victory play.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: The Hokies continue to play well on Moseley Field and have posted a 4-1-0 record on their home turf this season. In its last nine home matches, Tech is 7-1-1 with its only blemish against Boston College earlier this season.

BARNHART EXTENDS SCORING STREAK: With her assist in Sunday's match against Syracuse, junior Emily Barnhart extended her streak with at least one point in a match to seven. During that seven-game span the Hokies have posted a 5-2-0 record. The Columbus, Ohio, native holds the career assists record at Tech (12) and her 38 career points rank fourth all-time.

UP NEXT: The Hokies will conclude their BIG EAST season on the road this weekend. They travel to Jamaica, N.Y., for a match against St. John's Friday night and then to Storrs, Conn., to challenge the Connecticut Huskies Sunday afternoon. Tech will return home for its season finale on Oct. 30 when they face Radford on Moseley Field.