BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team fell to the Salisbury Sea Gulls Saturday afternoon by the score of 3-1 in their Capital Athletic Conference opener.
After a lengthy weather delay, the Knights (2-7-1, 0-1) managed to keep the Sea Gulls (5-2-2, 1-0) from scoring early in the first half of play.
The first score of the game came off the foot of Brooke Rossiter in the 29th minute to put the Sea Gulls up 1-0. Then with less than three minutes remaining in the half, Liliana Caceres scored on a pass from Kara Schmidt to extend the Salisbury lead to 2-0 heading into the break.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Autumn Dougherty extended the Sea Gulls lead once more with the assist from Julianna Boller for the 3-0 advantage.
The Knights attempted a late comeback in the 71st minute when Laurel Storheim found freshman Savannah Sundberg for the score giving the Knights its first points of the game. Southern Virginia was unable to continue their newfound momentum eventually falling 3-1.
Salisbury outshot the Knights 22-4 while also holding the upper hand in corner kicks 11-1.
Sundberg's goal was the lone shot on target for the Knights and was the first of her career at Southern Virginia while Storheim recorded her second assist of the season. Tori Wescott led the team in total shots with two.
Savannah Uri was at goal for the Knights and recorded a season-high five saves.
Southern Virginia continues CAC play as they travel to No. 3 Christopher Newport Wednesday, Oct. 2 starting at 6 p.m.