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September 13, 2011

Sorensen's Overtime Goal Gives Knights First Victory

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Jade Sorensen's first collegiate goal was a memorable one.

Playing in her first game on The Fields in front of a home crowd, the freshman forward from Spring, Texas, scored 35 seconds into overtime Tuesday afternoon giving the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team its first victory of the 2011 season as the Knights defeated Randolph College 2-1. 

Southern Virginia gained an early advantage in Tuesday's matchup with NCAA Division III Randolph when senior midfielder Melanee Guymon (Chico, Calif.) scored the Knights' first goal of the season—a perfectly-placed shot from 30 yards out that just cleared the Wildcats' keeper—at the 6:05 mark.

After gaining a 1-0 lead, the Knights dominated play for much of the next 83 minutes outshooting Randolph 27-11 for the match, including an 11-5 advantage for shots on goal.

But just as it appeared in the final minute of regulation that the Knights had secured their first victory of the young season, Southern Virginia's defense relaxed allowing Randolph's Ashley Oswald to break free through the middle and score the game-tying goal 53 seconds before the final whistle sending the game into a ten-minute, sudden-death overtime period. 

Overtime did not last long, however, as Guymon dribbled up the left side of the field 30 seconds into the extra period and found Sorensen at the top of the box who beat Randolph's goalie with a shot to the back-right corner of the net.

With Tuesday's thrilling overtime victory, women's soccer moves to 1-3 on the season.

The Knights are back in action Thursday, Sept. 15 when they host their second consecutive D-III opponent, Eastern Mennonite University, on The Fields at 4 p.m.