Hokies Defeat Providence
Myers' goal lifts Virginia Tech to 1-0 win
October 24, 2003

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team knew going into this weekend's two-match road trip that it must win twice to stay alive for the BIG EAST tournament. The team passed its first test on Friday, defeating the host Providence Friars 1-0.

The Hokies improved to 9-8-0 and 2-3-0 in the BIG EAST, with just a match at Boston College on Sunday remaining in the regular season. Providence fell to 6-7-3 and 0-3-2 in the league. With the win, the Hokies tied the program record for most wins in a season. Five Hokie teams have tallied nine wins in a year since 1993.

Senior forward Jessica Myers scored her fifth game-winning goal of the season to lift the Hokies to the conference victory. At 76:49, Myers attempted a corner kick and sliced the ball to Providence keeper Caroline Haines. However, Haines could not corral the ball, and it found its way to the back of the net for a Hokie goal - Myers' seventh of the year. It also moved her into fifth place on Virginia Tech's career goal list with 17.

The Hokies controlled the first half, outshooting the Friars 11-4. For the match, the stats were slightly more even with the Hokies holding a 13-11 advantage in shots. The Hokies also generated nine corner kicks, including what eventually became the game-winner, to just two for Providence.

Hokie keeper Mallory Soldner posted her fifth solo shutout of the season, just two short of a season record. She made two saves on the day. Senior Emily Barnhart led the Hokies with five shots.

The Hokies and Eagles are scheduled to kickoff at 12 noon on Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.