October 24, 2009

SVU Falters In Last Game Of The Season

CHARLESTON, W.V. Two goals within two minutes in the second half were all Charleston needed to down the visiting Southern Virginia Women's Soccer team. The Knights fall to 6-8-1 on the season, and now will turn their attention to the USCAA National Tournament.

A scoreless first half could have gone either way, as both teams looked to establish an offensive presence. Taylor Osborn had a shot on goal in the first half that could have given the Knights the boost they needed, but the UC keeper was able to make the narrow-angled save to preserve the deadlock.

The Knights were facing determined pressure on the other end, and keeper Ashley Crist was kept busy throughout the game. Crist finished with 13 saves on the game, including a kick save later in the second half to keep the visitors close.

"I felt we had a great chance for the win coming out of the first half," said Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "The game is funny and all it takes is a few seconds of breakdown, and you pull the ball out of the back of the net. I'm frustrated with the loss. It would have been nice to head to nationals with a win, but we'll just have to regroup, and focus on the tournament now."

SVU will travel to Burlington, Vermont for the USCAA Tournament. Games will begin Nov. 6 with the championship game scheduled for Nov. 8. SVU will be looking to repeat as National Champions after winning the tournament in 2008.