Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Seven different members of the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team recorded a goal during Monday's 8-0 home victory over NCAA Division III Peace College as the Knights won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
"It was great to see so many members of our team contribute to today's win," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock, who with 40 career wins is only ten victories away from becoming the program's all-time winningest coach. "I'm glad we played so well at home in front of our fans and we hope to carry some momentum from these past two games into Wednesday's match at Marymount."
Playing at home for only the second time in five games this season, Southern Virginia (2-3) dominated from start to finish outshooting the Pacers 37-5 for the match, including a 23-1 advantage for shots on goal.
Lora Palmer (Alpine Utah), Emily Lakin (Stansbury Park, Utah), Alina Grawrock (Aloha, Oregon), Amber Key-Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas), Gabriella Santos (Sarasota, Fla.), Jade Sorensen (Spring, Texas) and Noelle Misewicz (Sandy, Utah) all found the back of the net against Peace (1-6) as the Knights netted four goals in each half of Monday's dominant win.
Palmer, who leads Southern Virginia with five goals this season, was Southern Virginia's only player to record multiple goals on Monday as the speedy sophomore striker nicknamed "Wheels" scored in both the 12th and 29th minute respectively.
Key-Winsor was also magnificent for the Knights orchestrating from the center midfield spot as the senior finished with two assists—one to Lakin in the 27th minute and another to Sorensen in the 85th minute—and a goal, which came on a penalty kick just after halftime.
Sorensen's goal was the first of her sophomore season after scoring twice last year as a freshman for Southern Virginia, while Grawrock, Lakin, Misewicz and Santos each tallied their first collegiate goals against Peace.
Southern Virginia's eight goals against the Pacers marked the Knights' highest single-game total in nearly two years since defeating Mountain State University 8-2 on Oct. 19, 2010. Coming off last Tuesday's 5-0 win at NCAA Division II Washington Adventist University, the Knights have now outscored their past two opponents 13-0.
"We moved the ball really well and played unselfishly today," said Grawrock. "Our defense is also improving and beginning to gel as a unit."
Led by returning junior Laura Schow (Plymouth, Utah) and junior-college transfer Randi Jones (Treemonton, Utah) along with newcomers Alicia Blackham (Las Vegas, Nev.), Mindy Sallstrom (West Bountiful, Utah) and Victoria Slade (Nicholasville, Ky.), Southern Virginia's defense has not allowed a goal in its last 180 minutes on the field.
Women's soccer has one day off before traveling to Marymount University (3-2-0) in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for a match with Saints at 7 p.m. EST.
Members of the Capital Athletic Conference, Marymount defeated Southern Virginia on the Knights' home turf last September 2-1.