September 20, 2013

Women’s Soccer Downed by Bluefield, 2-0

By Daniel Whitehead

BLUEFIELD, W.Va.—Despite outshooting Bluefield College, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team fell to the host Rams by a 2-0 score Friday night in Bluefield, W.Va.

The Knights (1-5) outshot Bluefield (5-2) by a 14-9 ratio, but the Rams scored a goal in both the opening and second halves to defeat Southern Virginia. The Knights also held a 6-2 corner kick advantage but could not manage to put any into the Bluefield net.

"I was happy with our attack and thought we played with more poise than we had in the previous few games," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "The opportunities were there but we simply couldn't capitalize. I am glad that we got back into attack mode and being more aggressive, so we'll look to build off that before our next game."

Bluefield's Braley Freire earned an unassisted goal at the 17:21 mark to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead. Ram Olivia Williams was able to tally another Bluefield goal with 20 minutes remaining in the game at the 71:02 mark to secure the win.

Junior Lora Palmer led the Knights with five shot attempts, including three on goal, while freshman Tatiana Monsen registered four shots with two on goal. Senior Bryndel Lytle added two shots, while three others had one apiece.

Southern Virginia junior goalkeeper MaKenzie Cox earned two saves during the game as she played the complete 90 minutes in the box.

The Knights next compete Monday afternoon at home with a matchup against Washington Adventist. Kickoff will occur at 2 p.m. at The Fields.