Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Fueled by four goals from junior Erin Reynolds, the University of Mary Washington defeated Southern Virginia University women's soccer 5-2 on Tuesday's Senior Day at The Fields handing the Knights their first loss in 20 days.
Reynolds scored her first two goals during a six-minute segment in the opening half giving Mary Washington (13-1-2) a 2-0 lead over their hosts in the 31st minute of action.
Southern Virginia (8-8) got on the board eight minutes later when Alina Grawrock (Aloha, Ore.) headed in a corner kick from Alicia Blackham (Las Vegas, Nev.) making it 2-1 Eagles five minutes before halftime. Grawrock has now scored three goals during her freshman season at Southern Virginia.
Following intermission, Reynolds added her third and fourth goals of the match in the 50th and 54th minute respectively as the Eagles went up 4-1 on the Knights with 36 minutes left to play. Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) cut into Mary Washington's lead at the 56:04 mark when she intercepted a pass in the Eagle's backfield and netted her team-leading 15th goal of the season.
The Knights would come no closer, however, as Mary Washington added its fifth and final goal in the 68th minute to seal the victory and snap Southern Virginia's five-game winning streak.
Mary Washington outshot Southern Virginia 14-11 for the match with an 8-7 advantage for shots on goal.
Sophomore Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) picked up the loss, while recording 3 saves during 90 minutes in goal for the Knights and moving to 6-5 on the year.
The Knights close out their season on Monday, Oct. 29 at home against Bluefield College (7-8) at 4 p.m. on The Fields. Southern Virginia has dedicated its season finale against Bluefield to raising cancer awareness.
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