By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Taking a quick step out of league play, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team defeated Fisher College by a 7-0 score Friday afternoon at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Junior Lora Palmer scored a season-high four goals in the win to help the Knights improve to 4-6-1 for the year while the Falcons fall to 5-9 on the season. Freshman Tatiana Monsen provided two goals during the game to assist Palmer's offensive output, and the Knights achieved 36 shots during the game with 22 on goal.
"It was great to bounce back and gain some momentum before tomorrow's game with Salisbury," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "I'm also happy that our entire roster saw playing time and gained valuable experience. We had several girls step up and show what they can do.
"What pleased me most is that we played with higher expectations of ourselves, which is a great sign to see. We're continually improving and I'm excited to see how we approach things from here."
Palmer struck first at the 18:06 mark when she took a pass from freshman Emma Schroeder across the middle of the field and put it into the net, then responded one minute later (19:25) with a pass from Kora Jewell to sneak another one past the Falcons' Deanna Morency. Palmer added a hat trick four minutes later (23:14) by penetrating the right side of the Fisher goal box unassisted and tallied another score to put the Knights up 3-0 early.
Monsen poured in a goal at the 26:47 mark breaking away from the Falcon defense and shooting from the right corner of the box to lift Southern Virginia to a 4-0 advantage. The Orem, Utah native would strike again two minutes into the second half off an assist from Brittany Kovacs for a 5-0 Knight lead.
Jewell and Palmer added two unassisted goals to finish off the match to yield the 7-0 result. Southern Virginia employed 10 corner kick opportunities to zero for the Falcons.
Southern Virginia next faces Capital Athletic Conference opponent Salisbury on Saturday afternoon at The Fields. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.