Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team improved its season-best winning streak to four games on Wednesday with a 2-1 home victory over Milligan College on The Fields.
"Beating a solid Milligan squad today just demonstrates the growth of our team this season," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "We're gelling really well right now and playing our best soccer of the year at the right time."
Southern Virginia (7-7) recorded the game's first goal for the fourth straight match on Wednesday when sophomore Jade Sorensen (Spring, Texas) ran on to a beautiful feed up the middle from Laura Schow (Plymouth, Utah) before beating two Milligan (8-5-1) defenders and netting her 9th goal of the season at the 12:56 mark.
Twelve minutes later Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) increased Southern Virginia's lead when she dribbled the ball nearly 50 yards down the right sideline before cutting in through three Buffaloes and knocking in a left-footed shot from 25-yards out making it 2-0 Knights with 65 minutes remaining.
Palmer and Sorensen have been a potent pair for Southern Virginia all season with 57 points between the duo—Palmer has 12 goals and 3 assists, while Sorensen has 9 goals and 2 assists respectively.
Neither team scored again until the 60th minute when Milligan's Grace Shawley bent in a free kick from 30-yards out on the left side bringing the Buffaloes within one goal (2-1) of Southern Virginia with 30 minutes still to play.
The Knights' defense did not allow another goal, however, as Southern Virginia recorded its first one-goal win of the season while also reaching .500 (7-7) for the first time this year.
"This team has really grown and matured over the course of the season," said Grawrock. "We could have hung our heads after losing a few close games during the middle stretch of our schedule, but we've fought back all the way to .500 and showed today that we have learned how to win close games."
Sophomore keeper Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) recorded her team-leading sixth win (6-4-0) of the season while adding a pair of saves to her season total of 42.
Wednesday's win moved the Knights to 5-2 at home on The Fields this season.
Women's soccer has two days to recover before traveling to Trinity University in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a match at noon in the nation's capital.