By Daniel Whitehead
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.—On the road for the second time in Capital Athletic Conference play, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with St. Mary's College of Maryland Saturday afternoon at Seahawk Stadium in St. Mary's City, Md.
Playing the complete 90 minutes of regulation in addition to two 10-minute overtime periods, the Knights (3-5-1) and Seahawks (2-7-3) competed with similar results in nearly every category as neither team could advance beyond two goals apiece.
"We played well today but missed out on a few opportunities to score," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "We were fortunate that St. Mary's was facing the same problem. I thought we were fairly consistent in our attack, but saw many things we still need to work on. I was pleased with our effort, but with some improvements hopefully we'll turn ties into victories."
The Seahawks narrowly outshot the Knights by a 23-16 ratio while the shots on goal margin was 10 to six in favor of St. Mary's (Md.).
With both teams scoreless at halftime, Southern Virginia freshman Tatiana Monsen gave the Knights a goal 31 seconds into the second half as she drove in unassisted and fired a shot into the left corner of the net for the game's first score.
St. Mary's' Yvonne Latour equaled the score at one apiece eight minutes later (53:30) after receiving a cross from Maria Bertoni and sneaking it past Knight goalie MaKenzie Cox from 25 yards out.
The Knights went up again with just 7:14 remaining in the game when Meagen Varney received a pass from Monsen and shot it above Seahawk goalie Sara Eaton for a 2-1 Southern Virginia advantage.
The Seahawks' Latour scored her second goal of the game with only 3:90 left in regulation to force overtime as she penetrated the Knight defense from the left side of the pitch and got it past Cox to knot the score at two apiece.
Cox tallied eight saves during the game, while the Seahawks' Eaton registered four. St. Mary's edged out the Knights in corner kick opportunities by a nine to five margin. Monsen led Southern Virginia with six shots, including two on goal, while fellow freshman Kora Jewell had four shot attempts.
The Knights continue league play next Tuesday, Oct. 8, at home with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Christopher Newport.