Tech opens exhibition season with Tennessee
Hokies will kick off preseason action Monday, Aug. 14 at the Tech Soccer Stadium
August 14, 2006 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team will open pre-season action Monday, Aug. 14, in a home exhibition match with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at 6 p.m. at the Tech Soccer Stadium. Live stats will be available on www.hokiesports.com/wsoccer. Setting the Scene Although the exhibition will be the first this season for both the Hokies and the Lady Vols, the match is expected to be highly contested. Tech head coach Kelly Cagle and her squad hope to start the season strong, building up for the upcoming ACC matches. Scouting Report: Tennessee Tennessee returns to the field as reigning SEC regular-season and tournament champions. The Lady Vols also participated in the NCAA tournament, bowing out in the second round to Virginia. The Lady Vols enter the game ranked No. 10 in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll. The Lady Vols return nine of thier starting 11 from last season, giving head coach Angela Kelly a strong contingent to utilize. In the Polls Tech will be bolstered this season with an incoming class of highly talented freshmen. The group of seven newcomers ranked No. 40 on Soccer Buzz's 2006 Top 100 Recruiting Classes. The class also boasts a seventh-place spot in the Mid-Atlantic Poll, containing 47 schools. Highlighting the group is Robin Chidester and Kylie Stankovics, who are each ranked in the Soccer Buzz's Top 150 of 2006 Recruits. Chidester and Stankovics are joined by Stephanie Balanoff, Julian Johnson, Emily Jukich, Kelly Mitchell, Kristi Sieber and Megan Strawther. Tech Records Watch As the season progresses, several Hokies have the opportunity to surpass current Virginia Tech career-record holders. Erin Moore has totaled 10 assists throughout two seasons with the Hokies. Moore trails former Tech players Emily Barnhart and Jessica Myers for the Hokie's top career assists. Barnhart currently holds the Hokie record for career assists with 13, while Myers is one assist behind. Mallory Soldner is in the position to overcome two Virginia Tech records this season with career saves and goals against average. She is second in career saves with 288, following Hope Handley's 341 saves. Soldner is fifth on the GAA list, with 1.68. Katie Hancock holds the top spot with 1.53. Soldner already tops the Hokies records list in career shutouts and wins. New Faces on the Coaching Staff The Hokies have added two new assistant coaches to the staff. Charles "Chugger" Adair and Michael Lovett will add their talents and insights to the team throughout the 2006 season. Adair joins the Hokies from UC Santa Barbara, where he was associate head coach. Lovett was assistant coach at Murray State for four years. Adair graduated from the University of San Diego in 1993, while Lovett earned his bachelor's degree in 2006 from Murray State. Head Coach Kelly Cagle Kelly Cagle enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Virginia Tech women's soccer program. Under Cagle's direction the Hokies have become a force in women's soccer both within the region and nationally. After three seasons at Tech, Cagle's teams have amassed a 26-28-3 mark while competing against the toughest conference in the country over the past two seasons. During her tenure, the program advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2004 and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time. The team has re-written the record book, garnering nine new team records and setting seven individual records. Cagle also has coached the program's first All-American and first ACC Freshman of the Year. A graduate of Duke University, Cagle looks to lead her team to the next step as they continue play in the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference women's soccer league - a league she is familiar with after her playing days with the Blue Devils and a coaching stint at Wake Forest. Cagle (formerly Kelly Walbert) is married to Dan Cagle. The couple has a two-year old daughter, Maggie.