Radford 0, VT 1 (2OT)
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Playing in the final match of the 2002 season, junior Emily Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio) scored the lone goal of the match as the Virginia Tech women's soccer team outlasted New River Valley rival, Radford, Wednesday evening on Moseley Field. With the win, the Hokies finish the season with a 6-11-1 record overall, while the Highlanders fall to 12-3-1 on the year.
Barnhart received a pass from junior Jessica Russell (Arlington, Va.),
dribbled through the Radford midfield and lobbed
the ball from 30-yards out over the Radford goalkeeper for the golden
goal of the match. With her goal, Barnhart finishes the season with a
team-leading 20 points (seven goals, six assists) boosting her career
total to 42 points (15 goals, 12 assists), third on the program's
Although Tech out shot the Highlanders 34-11 in the match, the two teams battled through regulation scoreless under sloppy playing conditions. Radford goalkeeper Samantha Woods (Boones Mill, Va.) had a career-day in goal making 15 saves as the Hokies were able to unleash 16 shots on goal. Sophomore Natasha Dirda (McKees Rocks, Pa.) made five saves and earned her second shutout of the season.
Tech's offense applied pressure all game. Junior Jessica Myers (Richmond, Va.) hit the crossbar two times in the second half and Russell nearly scored on a shot from 35-yards out on after Woods mishandled the ball. Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth (Sarasota, Fla.) appeared to have sealed the victory in the closing minutes of regulation on a shot from 12-yards out, but Woods made a diving save and a Radford defender cleared the ball away.
The Highlanders had a few opportunities of their own including a shot by Nikki Porter (Maryville, Tenn.) that sailed just wide thanks to pressure applied by Dirda. Tech's defensive unit, anchored by senior co-captain Krista Dooley (Richmond, Va.), Holdsworth and Russell, limited Radford to only five shots on goal.
Dooley and Courtney Graybill (Macungie, Pa.), the only two seniors on this year's squad, each played in their final game of the Tech careers and were recognized at intermission for the continued effort and dedication to the program.
With the departure of only two seniors, both of which are defenders, the Hokies' future looks promising as the women's team will return 10 starters and 100 percent of their scoring output next season. With 12 freshmen on the roster and a new interim head coach, Jerry Cheynet, the Hokies made the necessary adjustments and posted a 5-5 record in their last 10 outings and came within one game of qualifying for the BIG EAST postseason tournament.
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 F
Radford (12-3-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0
Virginia Tech (6-11-1) 0 0 0 1 - 1
1. 100:56 VT BARNHART, Emily (unassisted) - 30 yards out
Shots: Radford 11, Virginia Tech 34
Saves: Radford 15 (WOODS,Samantha 15), Virginia Tech 5 (DIRDA, Natasha 5)
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