The home opener for the Southern Virginia University Women's
Soccer team was an historic event as they opened the brand new
Southern Virginia Soccer Field. In front of a good crowd the
Knights welcomed Washington Adventist University, and christened
the field with a 6-0 win.
Paced by goals from Amber Key, Rachel Riter, Lauren Denhalter, Kendra Heim and Brittany Gibbons the Knights overpowered the Pioneers early and often. SVU racked up 37 shots on goal and forced a tremendous number of saves from the Pioneer goalie.
The scoring started early for SVU as they scored 3:31 into the game as Key received a cross-field pass from Denhalter and hit the ball on the volley first time past the WAU keeper. The remainder of the first half consisted of shots by the Knights and saves by the Pioneers, as the home team accumulated 17 shots on goal for the first half alone.
"We were a little frustrated at the half," said Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "I think that we all wanted to score and we strayed a little from the game plan. We regrouped well at the half and played up to our potential."
Indeed, the second half remained much like the first with the exception that the Knights were able to put away their shots. Riter started it off at the 57:54 mark of the second when she took a feed from Jaylynn Rust and placed a shot to the right hand corner. 63:35 into the game and another newcomer for the Knights recorded her first career SVU goal, as Denhalter it a looping shot from the left side that flew over the keepers head into the right corner.
Local product, Brittany Gibbons, made a hustle play at the 70-minute mark to slot home the fourth goal and the rout was on. Heim added another goal in the last ten minutes before Key tallied her second to finish off the day. Mariah Flake and Ashley Crist both played in net for the Knights and had little to do all game.
"It's nice to win the home opener," said Grawrock. "The field is great, and the surroundings make it a great place for a game. We had a slow start, but the team is starting to understand each other, and play the way we should. I think this year could be another great one for us."
The Knights will be back in action Sept. 10 as they travel to play at Shepherd University. Kick off is set at 4:00 PM.