By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — Two ten-minute overtime periods still couldn't decide a winner on Saturday afternoon as the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team played St. Mary's College (Md.) to a 1-1 draw.
Southern Virginia (5-7-2, 2-3-1 CAC) proved to be the aggressors in the first half, keeping possession well and creating opportunities. The effort paid off in the 27th minute as senior Kora Jewell finished off her own rebounded shot right in front of the goal to put the Knights up 1-0, a lead which they kept for most of the match.
After the break, the Seagulls (3-7-4, 2-2-2 CAC) picked up the energy and spent a lot of time in the attacking third. The Knights' defense held strong, but the pressure finally got to them as St. Mary's scored in the 88th minute on an own goal by the Knights.
After two scoreless overtime periods in which the first team to score would have won the game, the match ended in a tie at 1-1.
Sophomore Taylor Mercer was a big contributor for the Knights, taking six of the team's 11 shots, including three on frame.
The defense for Southern Virginia, led by Anne Powell and Kyra Tolbert, diffused the Seagulls' scoring chances all game long. Keeper Merideth Ouellette was great in goal, playing all 110 minutes and saving four shots.
St. Mary's was carded four times in the final 30 minutes of action, including a red card to the bench.
The match was played in honor of the father of two former Southern Virginia soccer players, Chad Blackham, who passed away in April. The family was recognized at halftime, and the Knights' players participated in the Go4theGoal foundation's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative by purchasing gold shoelaces and wearing them for the game.
Southern Virginia continues conference play on Wednesday as they hit the road to take on Marymount University. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. in Arlington, Va.