By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team wrapped up its exciting 2017 season, posting an overall record of 7-9-2, including a 3-5-1 mark in CAC play.
"We had an amazing year, and I'm proud of everyone on the team for coming together in pushing towards our goals," Coach Kenzie Cox said. "Our returners stepped up in a big way, our newcomers made an impact right away, and our coaches were there every day to help us improve."
For the season, the Knights scored a total of 31 goals, led by freshman forward Alli Rigby (Rexburg, Idaho), who totaled eight goals, and senior midfielder Kora Jewell (Highland, Utah) with six. The attack was also led by freshman Cyanne Smith (Farmville, Va.) who assisted on four goals.
The Knights' defense made huge strides from last season, allowing only 1.4 goals per game compared to last year's 2.76 goals per game. Holding down the back line for Southern Virginia were defenders Anne Powell (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Kyra Tolbert (Ogden, Utah), who limited scoring opportunities all year for opposing teams.
Jewell and Powell served as captains for the Knights, and both were named to the All-CAC Second Team.
Southern Virginia barely missed its goal of making it to the conference tournament this year. The race for the final spot in the tournament came down to the last day of the regular season, but the Knights finished one place away.
"We were so close this year, but I'm happy that we pushed all the way until the final whistle blew," Cox commented. "If we keep up our training in the offseason and continue to grow as players and individuals, a CAC tournament appearance will be well within reach next year."
The Knights will lose two seniors going into next year, including midfielder Shirley Morales-Llan (Orem, Utah) and Jewell.