By Daniel Whitehead
MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—Ahead 2-0 at the half, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team used a five-goal second half scoring output to defeat Penn State Harrisburg by a 7-0 score Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Pa.
The Knights (3-5) utilized a 21-9 shots advantage and 13-5 shots on goal ratio to overcome the Lions (5-4). Freshman Tatiana Monsen and junior Lora Palmer led Southern Virginia with five combined goals while senior Bryndel Lytle and freshman Reilly Anderson contributed one apiece.
"It was great to see our game plan come together and be executed the way we've wanted it to all year," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "I thought our girls did a great job of showing more aggression and attacking the net and going after the ball. Overall, we gave more effort than we have in several other games and we displayed a greater will to win."
Anderson scored first for the Knights in the game's fourth minute (3:24) as she took an assist from senior Meagen Varney in front of the net and put it past PSH goalie Mackenzie Gates for the goal. Monsen followed pursuit eight minutes later (11:14) after receiving a cross from freshman Alysa Winter and sneaking it past Gates again.
Just 19 seconds into the second half, Monsen struck again after receiving a cross from Palmer and shot it in to extend the Knight lead to 3-0. Two minutes later (47:30), Palmer rebounded a saved shot and shot it past Gates for her first goal of the game. On a breakaway attempt at the 62:27 mark, Monsen took a pass from freshman Kora Jewell and scored her third goal of the game for the hat trick to put Southern Virginia up, 5-0.
Palmer and Varney teamed up for a goal in the 66th minute (65:53), before Lytle and freshman Emma Schroeder paired for a goal at the 77:57 mark to provide the game's final score of 7-0.
Southern Virginia goalkeeper MaKenzie Cox improves to 2-5 on the year with the win while Gates falls to 5-3 this season. Cox registered five saves for the day.
Between the last two games, the Knights have scored 15 goals to their opponents' zero. Southern Virginia blanked Washington Adventist by an 8-0 score on Monday.
The Knights continue league play next Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary's (Md.) for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff in St. Mary's City, Md.