BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Women's Soccer team played a strong first half against South Carolina State University, but 5-goals in the second from the Bulldogs gave the visitors the win. SVU was welcoming a NCAA D.I opponent for the first time in program history, and the Knights were showing their worth against the Bulldogs. SVU had long stretches of possession, and recorded the first shot of the game within the first five minutes.
SCSU was able to get possession, and a quick strike at the 15-minute mark gave the visitors the lead, and they would not look back. Another Bulldog goal fifteen minutes later proved to be the winning goal, but SVU still had plenty of fight.
Defenders Laura Schow, Tamara Nagle, and Michelle Riddle were playing a solid game against the D.I school, and had big roles to play in keeping the game close after the first half. The Bulldogs exploded in the second half as they scored three goals within a 6-minute span, and put the game out of doubt.
A moment of magic was still left in the game for the Knights despite the score. Southern Virginia buildup play saw the ball sent in to freshman forward Bryndel Kindred, a little flick from the forward pushed the ball in to the path of Amber Key who hit a 25-yard shot that looped over the keeper for the goal. The Knights were able to avoid the shutout, but surrendered two more goals before the final whistle. SVU took 9-shots with five on goal, compared to 24-shots from the Bulldogs, with twenty requiring saves or scoring.
The loss pushes SVU to 0-2 on the season. The Knights return to action after the Labor Day weekend, when they hit the road for a game against ODAC foe Eastern Mennonite. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm in Harrisonburg, Va.