By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—A second-half surge by the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team allowed the Knights to earn an 8-0 victory over visiting Washington Adventist University Monday afternoon at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Junior Lora Palmer and senior Bryndel Lytle combined for five goals to lead the team while Tatiana Monsen, Reilly Anderson and Alina Grawrock scored individual goals to give Southern Virginia the victory.
"It's good to get the win and build some confidence as we head into league play this weekend," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "It was fun to see new people get on the scoreboard and play really well for us and provide solid minutes. We fell into a bit of a lull after getting up early in the first half, but we regrouped at halftime and the second half went much smoother."
Monsen scored in the third minute of the game at the 2:44 mark off a cross from Palmer for Southern Virginia's first goal. Palmer struck later in the half at the 31:04 mark off an assist from Meagan Varney after receiving the cross and putting the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
Just moments into the second half, Palmer took a cross from freshman Kora Jewell and again put it into the corner of the net for a 3-0 Knight advantage. Palmer would score two and a half minutes later at the 60:20 mark off an assist from Lytle.
At the 73:56 mark, Lytle broke away from the Shock defense and shot the ball above the goalie's hands and into the net to put the Knights up, 5-0. Before Lytle scored again in the 78th minutes, Anderson took a pass from Palmer and headed the ball into the bottom left corner.
Sophomore Alina Grawrock scored the Knights' final goal at the 78:35 mark on a breakaway for her first goal of the season.
The Knights outshot the Shock by a 39-2 ratio and had 24 shots on goal to the Shock's one. Goalie MaKenzie Cox picked up her first win of the year, while the Shock's Tasheika Russell fell to 1-4.
The Knights next compete Saturday afternoon at Penn State Harrisburg for their first game as members of the Capital Athletic Conference. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Harrisburg, Pa.