Hokies travel to VCU, close exhibition season
Tech has its last warm up before the 2006 regular season Aug. 19 against Virginia Commonwealth
August 17, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team will compete in its second of two preseason exhibition matches at Virginia Commonwealth Saturday. The start time is set for 7 p.m. at the Sports Backers Stadium.

Scouting Report: VCU

Virginia Commonwealth enters the game ranked fourth in the Soccer Buzz preseason Mid-Atlantic Poll. Eight starters return to the Rams, helping to earn the No. 1 spot in the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason poll.

The Rams also earned other preseason accolades by Soccer Buzz, including votes in the 2006 Soccer Buzz Top 30 preseason poll and a 2006 freshman class ranked 25th out of 100.

The reigning CAA regular season champions advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

The match vs. Tech is the only exhibition game for the Rams before their season opener.

Exhibition Season Opens

The Hokies opened the 2006 season with an exhibition against No. 10 Tennessee Aug. 14. The Lady Volunteers edged out the Hokies 4-3 in the Tech Soccer Stadium.

Tech went down by two in the first twenty minutes of the match, but an unassisted goal from Ashley Kinser in the 23rd minute put the Hokie's on the board. Julian Johnson tied the score up 13 minutes into the second half.

Tennessee put another shot in the back of the net in the 60th minute. Laurie Beth Puglisi countered with a header off of Robin Chidester's free kick for the third tally. The Lady Vols recorded the game-winning goal from the penalty spot.

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.

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.

Small World

Hokie sophomore Ashley Seldon has something in common with a member of the VCU Ram's women's soccer team. Seldon and Ram's junior goalkeeper Lauren Hardison both attended Clover Hill high school.

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.