2019 Women's Soccer Season Review

2019 Women's Soccer Season Review

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's soccer team concluded its 2019 season, recording a 3-15-2 overall record while posting a 1-9-1 record in the Capital Athletic Conference.

"I'm proud of the growth of the team this year," said head coach Kenzie Cox. "This senior class has built an excellent culture, and we added a lot of young talent. The upperclassmen were great examples, leaders, and mentors to our team."

The Knights earned their first win of the season on the road at the Meredith Classic, routing N.C. Wesleyan 2-1.

After a three-game skid, Southern Virginia tied Brevard 1-1 at home before bouncing back with their most dominant win of the season in a 4-0 victory over Regent.

Southern Virginia picked up its first CAC win of the year at York (Pa.) in a 3-2 win after a winless CAC season the previous season. The team also picked a 2-2 tie on senior night against St. Mary's (Md.) to close out the regular season. The Knights were eliminated in the first round of the CAC Tournament, falling 4-0 to Mary Washington.

Leading the Knights on offense was All-CAC Second Teamer Tori Wescott. Wescott led the team with ten points and five goals while balancing minutes at a handful of different positions throughout the season. Freshman Savannah Sundberg and sophomore Holly Cuhna each contributed a pair of goals while Clarissa Barton helped to push the offensive tempo in her final season.

"Tori and Emma were key contributors this season," said Cox. "I have loved watching them grow as athletes, teammates, and leaders. Their work ethic is unmatched, and I'm excited for them to continue progressing throughout their careers."

Laurel Storheim finished second on the team with five points while leading the team in assists with three. Gracie Duncan, Sydney Kuhni, and Shayli Nakamoto each record two assists each while Madison Hollenbeck added an assist and provided depth at midfield.

Emma Stohl, in her second season as a Knight, secured the backline with her active defensive play. Alongside Stohl were freshmen Shelby Pulliam and Mikayla Gee, with each providing a spark to the defense.

"We had a lot of young players that played significant minutes this season," said Cox. "Each player was a difference-maker on the field. Laurel, Mikki, Alyssa, and Madison each provided us with the opportunity to get better and improve."

Freshman Alyssa Trueman played the majority of the season at goalkeeper for the Knights, recording 1,044 minutes and saving 57 shots. Senior Savannah Uri also saw time at goal this season, logging 767 minutes while saving 47 shots and earning a pair of wins.

Southern Virginia loses five seniors in Mackenzie Taylor, Savannah Uri, Taylor Mercer, Clarissa Barton, and Elyssa Winterton.

"I am grateful for our captains Clarissa, Elyssa, and Savannah for the culture of love, focus, and dedication they established for our future athletes," said Cox. "We relied heavily on our younger players this season, and because of the foundation that has been set, I am excited to see what they will build for in 2020."