BURLINGTON, Vt. - Looking to continue a dominant streak in the USCAA National Tournament, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team scored a late goal from Meagen Varney to record a 1-0 win over Florida College in the national semi-final. Dating back to last season's tournament, the Knights had not been scored on in two straight games, and were looking to keep the streak alive, as well as continue an impressive victory tally in the post-season.
The game was hotly contested from the start, with both teams looking for the advantage, and the chance to keep the season alive. SVU established a strong offensive presence in the first half, as they maintained the possession of the ball, and constantly threatened in the Falcon's end. SVU put several shots on frame, but was finding the scoring to be a bit tricky against the number three seeded school.
Defensively, the back line for the Knights was keeping things air tight, and was preventing attacks from the Falcons. Laura Schow and Amanda Zweifel were also proving to be dangerous on the attack, as the duo bombed forward for attacks against the FC defense.
The half ended with a 0-0 scoreline that did not show the advantages the Knights had had. The second half proved to be different, as FC stepped up its game, and was showing itself to be dangerous against the Knights. SVU weathered pressure from the Falcons in the second half, and answered with forays into the offensive end. Melanee Guymon has two different chances go just high in the attempt for the first goal.
Injuries to Zweifel and Tamara Nagle challenged the Knights with a different lineup, but the two would return in the end. With fifteen minutes left in the game, Jackie Barlow attacked the left side of the Falcons, and put a ball across the middle. Brynnlee Wanlass shielded the ball, and moved it on to a charging Varney who one timed the ball in to the net for the eventual winner. Both Guymon and Bryndel Kindred had opportunities in the last fifteen to match the Falcon's charge for the equalizer.
In the end the defensive backline, and Briar Sands in goal, did enough to continue a scoreless streak, and to finish out the game with the 1-0 scoreline. The shutout represents the sixth shutout in seven games over the past three years at the national tournament for the Knights. The win is also the sixth in seven attempts at the tournament. Michelle Riddle was named to the All-Tournament team for her performances on the backline.
The Knights were due to move on to the championship game, but due to a scheduling conflict SVU declined to move on. SVU's stance on no Sunday play means the Knights will allow Florida College to take their place in the championship game scheduled for Nov. 7 at 3:00 pm. The win ends the Knights' season at 11-6-1.