BURLINGTON, Vt. After a tough opening round loss to St. Mary's of the Woods, the Southern Virginia Women's soccer team bounced back to beat Judson, and take 5th at the USCAA Tournament. The Knights played Nov. 6 against St. Mary's and had the run of play for the majority of the game. Possession was clearly in SVU's favor, but the team could not translate that possession into goals. The Knights also held the advantage in shots as they registered a whopping 45 shots against the St. Mary's goal. The shooting also failed to provide the needed score, and the teams headed in to overtime to decide the game.
More SVU pressure and possession was in store in the overtime periods, but again no SVU goal. With only a few forays into the SVU end, St. Mary's made the most of their last attack with one minute left in the second overtime. A short shot slipped past Mariah Flake's deflection, and the Knights fell to the 1-0 loss.
"It's a heartbreaking to end like that," said Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "We had the led in every category but the one that counted. I'm so proud of my team though. They played a magnificent game. We probably played our best game of the season. We just couldn't crack the ball into the net. It's a rough way to end the season. We can hold our heads high in how we played."
Nov. 7 brought the Knights a consolation game against Judson College. Looking to finish the tournament and season on a high note, SVU quickly moved to end the game as a contest. Taylor Osborn scored with less than two minutes on the referee's watch, and the rout was on for the Knights. Osborn scored another goal, senior Whitni Watkins scored in her final game, Emma Alkonis put a goal in, Kendra Heim notched two goals, and Jaylynn Rust added one more as the Knights ran rampant over Judson for the 7-0 win.
"We clicked really well against Judson," said Grawrock. "We did everything like we did against St. Mary's, except we took our chances and scored. It feels a little better to end the season on a win. Hopefully we recruit well over the off-season, and get back here for another run at the title."
The Knights finish the season 7-9-1.