BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team followed Saturday's win at NCAA D.II Ohio Valley University with an impressive 2-1 victory Monday afternoon over the visiting NCAA D.II Shepherd University Rams. Southern Virginia's consecutive victories mark the Knights' first winning streak of the 2010 season.
Southern Virginia opened the match with confidence and controlled possession throughout much of the opening period. Freshman Bryndel Kindred helped set the tone for the Knights when she scored in the 15th minute of play on a shot which ricocheted off the crossbar and into the visitor's goal. Kindred, who also scored in Saturday's contest, leads the Knights in total goals with five on the season.
Sophomore Kendra Heim added to Southern Virginia's advantage five minutes later when she knocked in a loose ball after it was bobbled by Shepherd's goalie. The Knights closed the first period with a 2-0 lead, having outshot the Rams 9-1 in the half.
The second half was more evenly matched and momentum slowly shifted to the Rams who were able to fire eight shots in the period compared to the Knights' six. Despite being outshot in the half, Southern Virginia's defense, led by Tamara Nagle and Michelle Riddle, was able to hold Shepherd scoreless until the 90th minute when the Rams finally found the back of the net.
Despite the late push from the Rams, the Knights' pair of first half goals proved enough to secure an important home victory. Mariah Flake, who played on goal for Southern Virginia, recorded three saves in the match, while Briar Sands took a break from the goal and contributed to the win with a strong game in the field.
The Knights look to continue their current streak on Wednesday, Sept. 27 when they travel to face Washington Adventist University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.