BUENA VISTA, Va. Led by a gritty performance from goalie Mariah Flake, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team defeated the Greensboro College Pride 2-0 in front of a home crowd on a beautiful, fall Saturday.
Southern Virginia set the tone early against Greensboro as junior Melanee Guymon nearly scored in the opening minute of play. The Knights controlled possession for most of the first half, outshooting The Pride 11-6 in the period.
After several near goals, the Knights took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when freshman midfielder Bryndel Kindred scored her first goal of the season off of an assist from sophomore Amber Key. Junior forward Maddie Wiscombe also netted her first goal of the season in the 39th minute on an assist from junior Emma Alkonis to give the Knights a 2-0 advantage heading into the half.
The second half was slowed by physical play on both sides of the ball; Southern Virginia finished the match with six fouls, while Greensboro was whistled for 7 fouls in the contest. Despite being outshot 7-5 in the second half, the Knights did not allow Greensboro to close the gap on their first half lead.
Flake, deserves special recognition for her performance in the shutout as she recorded 7 saves in the match without allowing a single goal. Flake wowed the crowd in the final minute of play with an incredible, leaping save on a near perfect Greensboro attempt from midfield.
The Knights return to action next week when they host the University of Charleston on Sept. 21. The match will take place on The Fields of Southern Virginia University at 4 p.m