By Daniel Whitehead
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Looking to get off to a quick start, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team accomplished the task with a 9-0 victory over Trinity Washington University Monday evening in Washington, D.C.
The Knights (1-2-0) kept the ball on the opponent's side of the field for the majority of the game and scored six goals in the opening half on 24 shot attempts to defeat the Tigers (0-3-0), who totaled two shots throughout the game.
"I like the way we played today and happy with our effort," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "I liked our relentless attack and continuously pushing the ball forward. I thought we were more offensive-minded than we've been the past few games, so I hope to continue on with that intensity and attack the opponent's backline and goalkeeper."
At the 9:40 mark, Jewell took an assist from Palmer and booted a long shot over the keeper's head for the Knights' first goal of the game. Palmer then scored on two consecutive attacks, the first coming on an unassisted breakaway to give the team a 2-0 lead. The Alpine, Utah native would up the lead to 3-0 moments later on a free kick.
Varney and Slade took turns in respective attacks as both scored on one-on-one opportunities to grab a 5-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the opening half. Just three minutes before the half, Lytle received a through ball from Brittany Kovacs and converted the one-on-one try to achieve a 6-0 margin at the half.
Southern Virginia once again took the reigns in the second half with Monsen scoring at the 47:15 mark by shooting from the top of the box and lofting the ball over Trinity keeper Becky Battistelli's head. One minute later, Monsen took a cross from Palmer as the Knights grabbed a demanding 8-0 lead with 41 minutes remaining.
Freshman Emma Schroeder would finalize the game scoring with an unassisted goal at the 66-minute mark. Southern Virginia outshot Trinity Washington by a 38-2 ratio and had 10 corner kick opportunities to the Tigers' one. Monsen tallied six shot attempts, while Palmer had five with Lytle, Varney, and Alicia Blackham contributing four apiece.
The Knights next compete Friday evening at Radford University in Radford, Va. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.