Written by Chris Pendleton
TACOMA PARK, Md.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team collected its first win of the young 2012 season on Tuesday at USCAA-rival Washington Adventist University defeating the Shock 5-0 while four different Knights recorded goals.
"It felt great to get one in the win column," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "Everyone contributed to today's win and we hope to gain some momentum from this that we can carry into our next match."
Southern Virginia's five goals marked its highest single-game total in nearly two years since defeating Mountain State University 8-2 on Oct. 19, 2010.
Junior Bryndel Kindred-Lytle (Tremonton, Utah) started things off for Southern Virginia just over three-and-a-half minutes into the first half when she rocketed an unassisted shot from the right side of the box just over the reach of Washington Adventist's keeper.
Ten minutes later, senior Amber Key-Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas) received a pass from junior Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) and launched a perfectly placed ball from 40 yards out for Southern Virginia's second goal and Key-Winsor's first of the season.
The Knights' final goal of the first half came on a free kick at the 41:39 mark when junior Laura Schow (Plymouth, Utah) dropped a pass back to sophomore Emily Lakin (Stansbury Park, Utah), who found an open Meagen Varney (Loganville, Ga.) pushing up from the midfield. Lakin led Varney perfectly and Varney found the back of the net from 30 yards out giving Southern Virginia a 3-0 lead just before intermission.
Palmer was the star of Southern Virginia's second half as the speedy forward nicknamed "Wheels" added two goals—her team-leading second and third of the season—to reach the final score. The first of Palmer's two second-half goals was an unassisted breakaway down the left side and the second came when Gabriella Santos (Sarasota, Fla.) led Palmer with a beautiful header into the box.
Palmer nearly recorded her first career hat trick on a penalty kick, but Washington Adventist's keeper made a beautiful diving save to her right robbing Palmer of her third score on the afternoon. Palmer finished with a game high 5 points for Southern Virginia.
Sophomore Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) earned her first win of the season pitching a three-save shutout during 66:09 minutes in goal. Freshman Autumn Bronson (Stanton, Calif.) spent the final 23:51 in goal for the Knights without allowing a goal.
Southern Virginia outshot Washington Adventist 33-7 for the match, including an 18-3 advantage for shots on goal.
Women's soccer as nearly a week off before hosting Peace College on Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m.
Watch live video as the Knights host Peace on Southern Virginia Athletics online broadcast portal.