LYNCHBURG, Va. The Southern Virginia women's soccer team was facing off against its third NCAA D.I opponent of the young season, and despite moments of improvement, Liberty proved to be too much for the Knights, winning 6-0. The Knights had already faced off against Radford in the season opener, and then welcomed South Carolina State in the home opener. Both times the Knights fell to the D.I schools, and the game against Liberty was no different.
SVU was under the gun early, as the Flames put a tremendous amount of pressure on the young Knights. Briar Sands was called on to make a number of saves early on, and defenders Laura Schow and Amanda Zweifel had their hands full with attacking players. Liberty got on the board in the first ten minutes, and quickly followed that up with a corner kick goal that put the game away.
The Knights had few opportunities for attack, but had moments where the team kept possession of the ball, and looked to get to goal. The visitors had few looks at the net, but Kendra Heim did have a shot late on in the first half. By then Liberty had increased its lead to 4-0, and the teams went in to the half with that score on the board.
Southern Virginia was able to tighten up it's defense in the second half, and was unfortunate to be scored on twice. Mariah Flake faced a number of shots, but was up to the challenge saving 5-shots. The Knights suffered their fourth loss of the season, and are now at 1-4. The team returns to action Sep. 18 when it hosts Greensboro College at the Fields. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 am.