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September 4, 2012

Women's Soccer Falls to No. 11 Lynchburg in Home Opener

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team dropped Tuesday's home opener to Lynchburg College—the No. 11 ranked team in NCAA Division III—4-0 at The Fields.

Lynchburg (2-0) showed why its nationally ranked team was picked last week to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as the Hornets outshot the Knights 32-0 for the afternoon. The Hornets also finished with a 7-0 advantage on corner kicks. 

Jessica Gonzalez led the way for Lynchburg recording two goals—both coming within an 8:14 stretch during the middle of the first half—for the second straight game.

Lynchburg scored all four of its goals during the first half of play when the Hornets dominated possession. Southern Virginia (0-2) tightened its defense in the second half holding Lynchburg to eight shots—two on goal—after the Hornets had managed 24 first-half shots, including 13 on goal.

Sophomore keeper Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) finished with 11 saves for Southern Virginia.

"We just played a very talented team that I expect to go far this season," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "I was really pleased with our second-half effort and I thought Makenzie [Lundquist] was outstanding today in goal."

After two strong D-III opponents to open the season, things get even tougher for women's soccer as Southern Virginia travels to Radford, Va., on Friday, Sept. 7 to take on NCAA Division I opponent Radford University at 7 p.m.

Follow live stats of Friday's game against the Highlanders.