BUENA VISTA, Va. A penalty kick goal in the second-half was all West Virginia Tech needed as they downed the Southern Virginia Women's Soccer team 1-0. After a foul in the box Goalkeeper Mariah Flake could not keep the ball from flying past and the visitors had all they needed to secure the win. The Knights fall to 6-6-1 on the season.
A tight first-half went back-and-forth, as both teams looked to gain an advantage and get the breakthrough for the game. Several shots continued to fly at both keepers, but nothing was able to cross the line and the game remained deadlocked at 0 as the first 45 ended. Tamara Nagle led the Knight defense, and constantly pushed forward to start attacks for the hosts. Melanee Guymon played a target player on the afternoon and recorded seven shots for SVU.
After intermission, both teams had opportunities in rapid succession. The Knights had a cross scrambled around in the box, but were unable to capitalize. The visitor goal came eight minutes into the second-half, and left the Knights to chase the game for the remainder of the competition.
"We put ourselves in good positions all day," said Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "We just could not get that clean show we needed to finish and score. Definitely a frustrating afternoon, especially when you look at our opportunities. I'm proud of the effort the girl's put in. We're a good team despite the results. We'll show it, I'm sure."
The Knights will host one more home game for the season, as they welcome Mount Olive, Oct. 21. Game time is scheduled for 4:00.