Tech Duo Earns VaSID All-State Honors
Barnhart, Holdsworth named to the second team
December 11, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two Virginia Tech women's soccer players were named to the VaSID All-Virginia Team, as released Wednesday afternoon. Midfielder Emily Barnhart and defender Kathy Holdsworth both were second-team selections. Barnhart and Holdsworth, co-MVP's of this year's squad, become the first Hokie women to earn all-state honors since 1999.

Barnhart was the Hokies' top offensive weapon in 2002. The junior from Columbus, Ohio, led Tech in all major statistical categories, including goals (7), assists (6) and points (20). Barnhart tied for third in the BIG EAST in goals, goals per game, points and points per game. She notched three game-winning goals, including the only score in the double-overtime victory over Big South champion Radford.

Holdsworth (Sarasota, Fla.) was the Hokies' leading defender, helping Tech post three shutouts. The junior also contributed offensively as well, often moving to midfield. Holdsworth was fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and an assist. She notched both Tech goals in the victory over Syracuse, including the game-winner in overtime.

William & Mary swept the top honors in this year's voting. Lindsey Vanderspiegel was named the Virginia Player of the Year, while John Daly earned Coach of the Year honors. The Tribe made its 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Hokies finished the season 6-11-1 overall and ended the regular season in fifth place in the BIG EAST Northeast Division with a 2-4 conference record.