Tech Concludes BIG EAST Regular Season on the Road
Hokies determine post-season tournament fate Friday
October 24, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team will conclude its BIG EAST regular season this weekend on the road. Tech will travel to Jamaica, N.Y., for a match against St. John's Friday afternoon, and then to Storrs, Conn., for the Hokies' conference finale versus the Connecticut Huskies, ranked No. 9 in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings. previews this weekend's BIG EAST women's soccer divisional match-ups:

Overall: 5-9-1, BIG EAST (Northeast Division): 2-2-0
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HOKIE UPDATE: After starting the season 0-6-1, the Hokies have regrouped and posted a 5-3 record in their last eight outings. Wednesday afternoon No. 8 West Virginia recorded its sixth consecutive shutout by blanking the Hokies in a cross-divisional match. Offensively, junior Emily Barnhart, the program's all-time career assists leader, paces the Hokies with 16 points (five goals, six assists). Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth anchors the Tech defense from the sweeper position.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT SCENARIO: The winner of Friday night's game between the Red Storm and the Hokies would earn a berth into the 2002 BIG EAST Championship tournament as the No. 4 seed in the Northeast Division and would play Mid-Atlantic Division champion West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. If the match ends in a tie, the Hokies would receive the final spot as determined by the tie-breaking policies in the 2002-03 BIG EAST Policy Manual.

SCOUTING ST. JOHN'S: St. John's enters the match on the heels of a 2-0-1 week. During the Red Storm's undefeated week, St. John's recorded back-to-back shutout victories against Seton Hall and Rutgers and capped the week with a 1-1 tie against No. 14 Villanova. Sophomore Dominica Reina leads the St. John's offense with 24 points (11 goals, two assists), along with freshman Kaitlin Schmidt, who has 23 points (nine goals, five assists). Despite being outshot 242-151 by their opponents, the Red Storm has managed to outscore the opposition 29-24. Last year in the first meeting between the two teams, Tech defeated St. John's 4-0 in Blacksburg for its first ever BIG EAST victory.

A LOOK AT UCONN: The Huskies enter the weekend ranked ninth in the nation with a 13-2-1 overall record and a perfect 5-0-0 mark in divisional play. Connecticut has won 10 of its last 11 matches and is 6-0-1 in matches played in Storrs, Conn. Sophomore Kristen Graczyk (26 points) and freshman Brittany Barakat (14 points) lead the Huskies' offense, while goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis boasts a 0.89 goals against average with 70 saves in more than 1400 minutes of action.

HOLDSWORTH NAMED TECH ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Holdsworth anchored the Hokies' defense in their come from behind victory over Syracuse in a BIG EAST divisional match. Holdsworth and the Hokies limited Syracuse to only three shots on goal. With 14 minutes remaining and Tech trailing 1-0, the junior co-captain moved up from sweeper to forward in an attempt to generate more offense. The strategy paid off as Holdsworth scored the equalizer in the 86th minute on a header and netted the golden goal in the 96th minute.

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.