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October 1, 2012

Women's Soccer Can't Hold Second-Half Lead Against Concord

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team could not hold a second-half lead at home on Monday as NCAA Division II Concord University came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Knights 2-1 on The Fields.

Following a scoreless first half, Lora Palmer (Apline, Utah) gave Southern Virginia (3-6) a 1-0 lead over Concord (2-6-2) in the 60th minute with her team-leading 8th goal of the season.

Palmer's goal was set up by a corner kick that Amber-Key Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas) headed off the crossbar before Palmer collected the lose ball in front of the goal and punched it in for the Knights' first and only score of the game.

Southern Virginia's lead did not last long, however, as Concord evened the game up at 1-1 in the 69th minute when the Mountain Lions capitalized on a corner kick of their own that Fiona Mearns headed past Knights' keeper Autumn Bronson (Stanton, Calif.). Bronson played all 90 minutes in goal for the Knights finishing with 1 save.

Less than three minutes later, Concord added its second goal—which also proved to be the game winner—when Kari Simon sent a ball from the left side of the field to the middle of the box finding Chloe Barber alone at the net for the score. Barber finished with a game-high three points after assisting on the Mountain Lion's first goal before scoring their second.

Southern Virginia outshot Concord 17-6 for the match, including a 7-3 advantage for shots on goal. The Knights have now lost three of their past four matches, with all three loses coming by a single goal.

Women's soccer has one day off before traveling to Frostburg, Md., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for a match with Capital Athletic Conference-member Frostburg State (7-2-1) at 5 p.m.