Knights Draw With Cougars

Knights Draw With Cougars

By Sam Armstrong

DANVILLE, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team played a close match with Averett University over the weekend, tying the Cougars 1-1 in the Knights' first draw since Oct. 2014. 

The Cougars (2-1-2) got on the scoreboard first in the ninth minute, converting a penalty kick after a Knights' (1-4-1) foul in the box. Southern Virginia forward Alli Rigby tied it up later in the first half for the Knights, putting a bouncing ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.

The match went into overtime after both teams were held scoreless for the rest of regulation time, and was still undecided after the two 10-minute periods.

The Knights held possession for a majority of the second half and overtime but were unable to get the ball past the keeper to win the game. Southern Virginia outshot Averett 20-8, putting 10 on frame, and took five more corner kicks than the Cougars.

Leading the Knights was Rigby, who scored the lone goal and took six total shots. Senior Kora Jewell also took six shots, putting three on goal, while Kylie Auger and Taylor Mercer finished with four and three shots, respectively.

Carmel Armstrong played the first half in goal and took the tie for Southern Virginia, while fellow junior Meredith Ouellette took over for the second half and overtime, finishing with four saves.

The Knights return home on Tuesday for a contest against Randolph College. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m.