Tech Soccer Returns to Moseley Field This Weekend
Men's and women's soccer weekend preview
October 4, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's soccer teams will be back in action this weekend. The women's team will kick off the action Friday afternoon when it travels to North Carolina for a 4 p.m. match against Davidson and then will return home to prepare for Sunday's match against the Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion. The men's team will take the field on Saturday in a BIG EAST match against Providence at 1 p.m. on Moseley Field. previews this weekend's Hokie soccer matches:

Overall Record: 2-6-1, BIG EAST Record: 0-1-0
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HOKIES UPDATE: Tech enters the weekend riding a two-game win streak after knocking off Liberty and Pittsburgh in back-to-back shutouts. The Hokies are led offensively by freshman Kjersti Trout and junior Emily Barnhart. Trout had a break-through performance last week against Liberty scoring a school-record four goals and was awarded BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors for her effort. She leads the team with 11 points (five goals, one assist). Barnhart has contributed seven points (two goals, three assists) on the season and ranks third on the all-time assist leader board with nine assists. Junior co-captain Kathy Holdsworth anchors the Tech defense and sophomore goalkeeper Natasha Dirda has made 40 saves in more than 630 minutes of action.

TECH VERSUS DAVIDSON: Today's match will be the sixth meeting between the Hokies and Wildcats and the all-time series record stands at 2-2-1. Last year, Tech knocked off Davidson in Blacksburg, 2-0, in the first meeting since the 1995 season. Davidson enters the match on a four-game unbeaten streak and stands at 4-5-1 on the year.

OLD DOMINION SERIES INFO: Sunday will mark the ninth time the Hokies have faced the Lady Monarchs. Tech owns a 6-2-0 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last two outings against Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs enter the weekend with a 2-6-1 record.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Sunday Tech will return to Moseley Field for its second home game of the season. The Hokies won their home opener, 5-0, against Liberty increasing its unbeaten streak at home to five games. The last loss suffered by Tech in Blacksburg was at the hands of BIG EAST rival Connecticut.

WELCOME BACK COACH: Old Dominion assistant coach Michelle Clark, formerly Michelle Hager, returns to Virginia Tech this weekend for a homecoming of sorts. A 1996 graduate of Tech and three-year letterwinner, Clark has been a member of the Lady Monarch coaching staff for seven seasons. She played in 44 games at Tech and finished her career with 14 points (six goals, two assists) as a defender.

Overall Record: 5-4-1, BIG EAST Record: 2-2-0
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HOKIE REPORT: Tech snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. The Hokies came from behind twice to tie the game in regulation forcing sudden-victory play. Freshman Peer Rogge scored the golden goal for Tech in the 108th minute of play on a breakaway set up by sophomore Ken Jonmaire. The victory was Tech's first win over the Dukes since 1987.

PROVIDENCE SCOUTING REPORT: The Friars enter Saturday's match with a 2-7-0 record overall and a 1-3-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Offensively, Providence is led by senior Mauricio Solano, the BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week. The Coral Springs, Fla., native has tallied 11 points (four goals, three assists) this season, including a two-goal effort in the Friars 3-0 conference win against Syracuse. Head coach Chaka Daley is in his third season directing the Friars. Daley, a former member of the men's soccer team at Providence, played three seasons of professional soccer, including a one-year stint with the New England Revolution (MLS) before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Saturday's match will be the first meeting between the Friars and Hokies.

HOME, SWEET HOME: The Hokies are a perfect 2-0 at home this season with both wins coming against BIG EAST opponents, West Virginia and Villanova. Tech enters the match with a five-game unbeaten streak at Moseley Field.