By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Hosting its first Capital Athletic Conference opponent, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team was defeated by Christopher Newport University by a 4-1 score Tuesday evening at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
The loss drops the Knights to 3-6-1 for the year while the victory lifts the Captains to an 8-2-1 record.
"We got down early and couldn't match the level of intensity that Christopher Newport was playing with," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "It is difficult to get down by three goals and try to make up ground, especially against a good team like Newport. I was pleased to get the goal and make a game of it, but CNU did a nice job of halting any scoring opportunities that came into place."
The Captains' Joy Piirto got CNU on the board early with a goal at the 2:49 mark shooting from the top of the box off an assist from teammate Emma O'Reilly. Bupe Okeowo added another Captain goal at the 29:02 mark off a header from a Lindsay Mondloch corner kick. Piirto would add another goal at 30:22 just a minute later to provide Christopher Newport a 3-0 advantage midway through the first half.
Southern Virginia freshman Tatiana Monsen kept the Knights in the game at the 34:57 mark when she broke away from the Captain defense after receiving an assist from Lora Palmer and was able to sneak it past CNU's Haley Casanova for the score. Monsen now leads the Knights with eight goals on the season.
Playing a complete game, Southern Virginia junior goalkeeper MaKenzie Cox had one save for the night. Senior Bryndel Lytle registered a shot attempt against the Captains while freshman Kora Jewell and Monsen provided the others.
The Knights step out of league play momentarily with a non-conference matchup with Fisher on Friday, Oct. 11, at The Fields. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.