Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team collected its third consecutive win in front of a homecoming crowd on Saturday as the Knights netted three first-half goals on route to a 4-0 victory over the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
"We had quality play from our forwards to get a quick lead," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock, who today moved within six victories of becoming the program's all-time winningest coach. "It's great to get on a good winning streak and hopefully we continue to play out the rest of the season with this success."
Southern Virginia's (6-7) three starting forwards—Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah), Bryndel Kindred-Lytle (Treemonton, Utah) and Jade Sorensen (Spring, Texas)—each scored a goal in the opening 16 minutes of play giving the Knights an early 3-0 lead over WVU-Tech (2-13).
Palmer started things off for the Knights as the junior netted her team-leading 11th goal of the season only 55 seconds into the first half. Kindred-Lytle added her 3rd goal of the season at the 9:20 mark and Sorensen's 8th goal of the year came just over six minutes later at the 15:35 mark.
Neither team scored again until Southern Virginia's Emily Lakin (Stansbury Park, Utah) punched in Knights' fourth and final goal of the shutout win in the 68th minute. Both Sorensen's and Lakin's goals came on crosses from Palmer, while Amber Key-Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas) set up Kindred-Lytle's score with a beautiful feed up the middle.
"Amber [Key-Winsor] deserves special mention for her play today as she really orchestrated our offense and stuck in well on defense," said Grawrock. "She is having a great senior year."
Key-Winsor now has four assists during her senior campaign, which leads all Knights, while Palmer has tallied a team-high 25 points so far in her first season at Southern Virginia.
"Our defense also had another solid day," said Grawrock. "A second straight shutout is indicative of how well they've progressed."
Southern Virginia's defense recorded its fifth shutout of the season against WVU-Tech after finishing all of last season with two total shutouts. The Knights are also outscoring their opponents 41-34 so far this year after being outscored 15-57 a season ago.
Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) spent all 90 minutes in goal for Southern Virginia recording 4 saves while climbing to 5-4 on the season.
Southern Virginia scored on 4 of its 12 shots against WVU-Tech for a season-high 33.3 shot percentage.
Women's soccer is off until Wednesday when the Knights host Milligan College (8-4-1) on The Fields at 4 p.m.
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