October 12, 2013

Women’s Soccer Loses Close 2-0 Bout to Salisbury

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—After a scoreless 75 minutes of play, visiting Salisbury University scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to overcome the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team Saturday afternoon at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.

Although the Knights (4-7-1) achieved four shot attempts with two on goal during the game, the Seagulls (7-4-1) placed a total of 14 shots at the Southern Virginia net with 11 on goal to help lift them to victory.

"It was a hard loss to take because we played so well the entire game but let the two goals get past us in the latter portion of the match," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "Our girls were connecting their passes and fighting hard to prove they belong in this league, so it is hard to swallow after putting up an honorable effort. We are excited with the fact that we hung with them, so we're seeing encouraging signs come to fruition."

Freshmen Kora Jewell and Tatiana Monsen each contributed a shot attempt while junior Lora Palmer and senior Meagen Varney tallied the other two attempts.

At the 75:36 mark, Salisbury's Kandice Racine took a pass from teammate Lindsey Andonian and put it into the Southern Virginia net from mid-box to give the Seagulls the late advantage. Samantha Beck added an insurance goal for Salisbury with 1:27 remaining in the game to provide the Seagulls the 2-0 win.

Playing a complete 90 minutes, goalie MaKenzie Cox registered nine saves during the match for the Knights.

Southern Virginia next faces Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State on the road Wednesday in Frostburg, Md. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.