Knights Pick Up CAC Win Against Spartans

Knights Pick Up CAC Win Against Spartans

YORK, Pa. — The Southern Virginia women's soccer team was victorious on Saturday afternoon, defeating York College (Pa.) on the road by a score of 3-2.

The win came despite being outshot 24-4 by the Spartans (4-8, 1-2 CAC), but the Knights (3-8-1, 1-2 CAC) made the most of the opportunities they had to pick up their first conference win of the season.

York (Pa.) struck first, scoring its first goal in the 10th minute to take a 1-0 advantage. Southern Virginia soon answered as junior Shayli Nakamoto scored her first goal of the year in the 18th minute, and the teams went into the half tied 1-1.

"I was really impressed with our composure and ability to adapt after going down a goal," said head coach Kenzie Cox.

Sophomore Tori Wescott took over in the second half, scoring an unassisted goal five minutes into the period, and then another in the 68th minute on an assist from Holly Cunha. The Spartans wouldn't quit, as just four minutes later Natalie McCarthy scored her second goal of the game on a header to bring the Spartans within one.

The Spartans pressed hard in the last 10 minutes, attempting three shots and two corner kicks, but the Knights defense held strong to close out the win.

"Our defensive line had excellent team and individual defending in critical moments," Cox said. "Mikayla Gee was a particularly great leader in our back line."

Goalkeeper Savannah Uri was phenomenal as well, picking up eight saves in the win.

The Knights will play next on Wednesday as they take on Mary Washington. The game is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. at Knight Stadium.