2021 Southern Virginia Women's Soccer Season in Review – Southern Virginia University News

BUENA VISTA, VA. — The Southern Virginia University women’s soccer team wrapped up their 2021 campaign in their inaugural season in the USA South Athletic Conference finishing with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-3 conference record. 
“I am so pleased with the efforts of the team,” said head coach Rob Dahl. “We scheduled a tough pre-season and played a challenging set of games, both in the number of contests and who we played, but also playing many games in a short amount of time as well. We have a young roster, so many of the team members were learning how to play college soccer together. Their hard work and willingness to rely on each other was beautiful to watch as they gelled and grew as a unit to double-digit wins and a place in the conference tournament. We are proud of the fact that 4 of our players were recognized as All-Conference performers.”
The Knights started the year off with two losses, including a 4-3 overtime loss to Carroll in their home opener, but bounced back, going 4-0-2 in their next six games. 
After a short setback in a 2-1 loss to Mary Baldwin on the road, Southern Virginia recorded three consecutive wins against William Peace (2-1), Emory & Henry (2-0), and Greensboro (2-0). Makinna Winterton led the way in the victories, recording three goals, while Delaynee McKeachnie, Sydney Liles, and Makya Lindgren added one goal. 
The Knights closed out the regular season going 3-2, taking down Averett in overtime 2-1, Salem 5-4, and Meredith 3-0. Freshman Makya Lindgren made program history, scoring a single-game record four goals in the comeback win over Salem. Southern Virginia’s performance throughout the regular season earned the Knights a spot in the USA South Conference for the first time in program history. 
Southern Virginia hosted the first round of the conference tournament in Knight Stadium, taking on Maryville (TN). The Knights’ defense stood tall, keeping the Scots scoreless through the first half, with Makya Lindgren getting off three shots. Maryville struck quickly in the second half, going up 1-0 in the 48th minute off of a goal from Bailey Sipos. The Scots walked away with the 1-0 victory, ending Southern Virginia’s historic season. 
The Knights’ offense recorded a single-season record in goals, tallying 35 goals, with Makya Lindgren leading the team in her first year, scoring 28 points off of 12 goals and four assists. Makinna followed Lindgren with 19 points, scoring nine goals and one assist. Midfielder Anna Roberts dished out a team-high four assists, while Alyssa Trueman anchored the defense with 24 saves and a .706 save percentage. 
Southern Virginia marked another program record, following the USA South Conference post-season awards announcement. Makinna Winterton was selected to the USA South All-Conference First Team, scoring five goals in conference games. 
Anna Roberts earned a selection to the USA South Conference First Team Eastern Division, dishing out three of her four total assists in conference play. Ella Thomas joined Roberts in the First Team Eastern Division, leading the defense on the year. 
Makya Lindgren rounded out the awards, being selected to the Second Team Eastern Division following a six-goal and three-assist performance against conference opponents. 
“We are proud of the fact that 4 of our players were recognized as All-Conference performers,” concluded Coach Dahl. “We have laid a foundation for success and look forward to recruiting the right players here to build a program we can all be proud of.”
With only one member graduating this year, the Knights will look to continue building on their success with a strong returning class, along with a promising freshman class to make another run at a conference championship in their 2022 season. 
For more updates and details on the women’s soccer team, be sure to follow @knight_wsoc on Instagram and @knightwsoccer on Twitter. 

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