Knights Season Concludes After Captains Win 2-0

Knights Season Concludes After Captains Win 2-0

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Southern Virginia women's soccer team played its final game of the season on Saturday, falling to Christopher Newport University 2-0 in the CAC Tournament quarterfinals in a hard-fought effort.

The eighth-seeded Knights (4-13) gave the first-seeded Captains (15-1) all they could handle in the first half, playing No. 15 Christopher Newport to a scoreless period. Southern Virginia effectively packed it in on defense to limit the Captains' high-powered attack, and they also played with extremely high energy, frustrating the regular season conference champions.

Southern Virginia played with the same energy in the second half, but the Captains finally got on the scoreboard after Riley Cook put a shot into the bottom left corner after a scrum in the 56th minute. 12 minutes later, Christopher Newport's Gabby Gillis one-timed a cross into the net to take a 2-0 lead.

The Knights did create a few opportunities on offense, but were unable to score in the loss.

The Southern Virginia backline, led by senior Anne Fujikawa and sophomore Emma Landy, was phenomenal all game long. Though the Captains finished the match with 25 shots, many were blocked or altered by the defense, and only eight of the 25 shots were on frame.

Shayli Nakamoto and Haylee Grimmer Goering were the only Knights with attempts at goal with one each.

Senior Carmel Armstrong completed her collegiate career with an outstanding performance, finishing the game with six saves.

The game concludes the season for Southern Virginia, and it also marks the first time the Knights have competed in the CAC Conference Tournament.