BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team has finished their 2018 season, recording a 4-13 overall record and an 0-7 record in the CAC.
"This was a season which highlighted the core values of our team," said head coach Kenzie Cox. "Our team showed grit as they came to battle each game despite multiple injuries in key positions. It took a full team effort and we had several underclassmen rise to the occasion."
The Knights started the campaign strong by winning their first two games over William Peace and Marymount, as well beating LaGrange and Regent early on in the season. Over the first eight matches, Southern Virginia scored an impressive 20 goals for an average of 2.5 goals per game.
Unfortunately, the Knights suffered serious injuries to a handful of players as the season wore on, some of them being season-ending, which led to a tough end to the season for the team.
Southern Virginia wrapped up the season with a strong performance in the CAC Tournament Quarterfinals against top-seeded Christopher Newport, going into halftime tied 0-0 and eventually falling 2-0 in a tight game.
The Knights' attack was led by senior Jamilla Anderson, who scored six goals and was tabbed All-CAC Second Team. Midfielders Kylie Auger and McCall Jensen contributed three goals and two assists each, while Cydne Baker, Shayli Nakamoto, and Alli Rigby each found the back of the net twice. Junior Clarissa Barton also created many opportunities with her solid play in the midfield.
The back line was once again held down by senior Anne Fujikawa, who had two assists on the year and consistently put a stop to opponents' attacks. Also making significant contributions to the defense were Emma Stohl, Emma Landy, Maya Perry, and Madi King, who tallied a goal and two assists.
Senior Rachel Miller played the majority of the year at goalkeeper, logging almost 900 minutes and saving 46 shots. Fellow senior Carmel Armstrong spent over 400 minutes at goalkeeper on her way to saving 26 shots.
"We are graduating a wonderful senior class," Cox remarked. "They were strong contributors on the field and most of them endured significant injuries this season which allowed them to stand out as influential leaders in other roles. Their athleticism and comradery will be difficult to replace."