September 16, 2009

Women's Soccer Stumbles Against EMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. The Southern Virginia Women's Soccer team could not get back in to the win column as they dropped a close game to EMU 2-0. The Knights let in a first half goal, and were under pressure for portions of the first half, but held on to keep the game close. The second half was an improved performance, and the Knights had several opportunities to tie up the match.

EMU was able to put the game away with three minutes left in the game, as a goal mouth scramble went against SVU, and the Lady Royals closed out the game for their second win of the season. Both teams now sit at 2-3 on the season.

"We've had two tough opponents in the past week," said Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "We're battling, and making a good effort, but our execution is a little off. It's what can happen when you have such a young team. The inexperience can show. We'll regroup, and get after it for our next game.

Grawrock was quick to praise the efforts of Emma Alkonis and Melanee Guymon who lead the attack in the second half on the EMU goal. Jaylynn Rust also drew praise for her efforts in the defensive third of the field.

"It seems we have a few standout performances every game," said Grawrock. "Our biggest challenge will be to move from a few individual standouts, to a collective standout effort on the part of the whole team. I think we're almost there. Losses can help us learn, but I'd prefer to win and learn."

The Knights will have a chance to apply new lessons when they face off against Trinity (DC) Sept. 18. Kickoff is set for 3:30 at Trinity.