Written by Chris Pendleton
LEXINGTON, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team struggled in its season opener at NCAA Division III Washington and Lee University on Saturday falling 7-1 to the Generals at Watt Field.
"Washington and Lee is a top-notch D-III program," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "We struggled early on, but I was really encourage by the improvements I saw in the second half. We'll be able to build on some of the positives from this match going forward."
Washington and Lee, which was tabbed to finish third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference preseason poll earlier this week, jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Knights before halftime and the Generals increased their lead to 5-0 in the 66th minute.
Two minutes later, Southern Virginia's junior-college transfer Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) scored her first goal as a Knight when the speedy forward broke away from the Generals' back line of defense for a breakaway score.
Palmer's first collegiate goal proved to be Southern Virginia's only point of the match, however, as Washington and Lee added two more goals over the next 22 minutes to reach the final score.
Six different Generals recorded a goal on Saturday as Washington and Lee outshot Southern Virginia 29-5 for the match. Southern Virginia Sophomore Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) spent 74:00 minutes in goal for the Knights, turning away seven shots and registering six goals-against. First-year keeper Autumn Bronson (Stanton, Calif.) played the final 16:00 for Southern Virginia and allowed one goal.
Women's soccer faces another tough test on Tuesday, Sept. 4 when the Knights welcome Lynchburg College, the No. 15 ranked team in NCAA Division III and favorite to win the ODAC, for their home opener at 4 p.m. on The Fields.