By Daniel Whitehead
CHICAGO—Competing in a mini postseason tournament designed for provisional NCAA institutions, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team defeated the Illinois Institute of Technology by a 2-0 score Friday night at the Scarlet Hawks' Stuart Field in Chicago, Ill.
The Knights (7-10-1) outshot the Scarlet Hawks by a 22-7 ratio en route to the win and had 10 shots on goal to Illinois Tech's zero. Southern Virginia also had a 6-2 corner kick advantage.
With the win, the Knights advance to Saturday's championship match with Nebraska Wesleyan. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. ET start time and can be viewed at:
"It was a very gratifying win and we're happy that we played a complete game," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "We had a lot of opportunities to score and showed throughout the game we were the dominant team. We didn't convert on some chances that we should have, but it was a fun game to watch and great to see the team play with confidence and attacking the net."
Freshman Tatiana Monsen led the way for Southern Virginia with 10 shots on the night, including four on goal, and notched a goal in the 87th minute (86:06) after taking a cross from Meghan Blackham and striking it into the net.
A minute and a half later (87:49), the Knights struck again as freshman Kora Jewell received a pass from Alicia Blackham and scored the insurance goal to lift Southern Virginia to the 2-0 win. Jewell finished the game with five shots with three on frame.