BURLINTON, Vt. – The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team defeated Vermont Technical College 3-0 Friday afternoon in the opening round of the USCAA Women's Soccer National Championship.
SVU started strong, and was able to overwhelm the Knights of Vermont Tech with a strong passing game as well as a multitude of shots. SVU totaled 35-shots in the game, while limiting the defense of the hosts to only 1-shot all game.
The goals were not coming early for the Knights, despite the constant possession, and offensive opportunities at the goal. Things changed in the middle of the first half, as SVU started to click in the offensive end. A run from Jackie Barlow broke down the Vermont Tech defense, and a crossed ball fell perfectly to Kendra Heim, who tapped in for the first goal of the game.
The Knights had several looks at goal before Barlow was able to make the most of a scramble in the box, and put home a gal for the second of the game. The 2-0 lead was the score at halftime as SVU was establishing a dominance.
A quick goal in the first part of the second half forecasted a strong second term. Melanee Guymon took a ball in from Bryndel Kindred, and rifled a shot from outside the 18-yard box for the third goal. Things bogged down from there for the Knights, as a combination of wet and soggy conditions, and a stiffened Vermont Tech defense, prevented SVU from adding to their tally for the day.
With the victory, second-seeded Southern Virginia advances to the semi-final round of the national championship where it will face third-seeded Florida College. The semi-final match between Southern Virginia University and Florida College is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 at 5:00 p.m. The win also moves the Knights to 10-6-1 on the season.