By Dylan Kleintop, Student Reporter
On a beautiful Friday afternoon, the Lady Knights pulled out a 1-0 victory against Christendom, raising their record to 7–2. The hard-fought victory was the first time Central Penn has ever beaten the Virginia school since the start of the CPC’s soccer program.
“This is another historic win for the program,” said Coach Ubaldo Murillo. "Since the beginning, we have competed against Christendom and lost by high margins every time. Just to put things in perspective, in 2016 they beat us 6-0, and in 2017 they beat us 6-2,” he said.
Christendom dominated in the first half, but the Knights’ strong defensive play kept them in the game.
The contest remained scoreless until late in the second half when Kayla Murren found Wislene Verna in the box off of a freekick, to give the Knights a well-deserved 1-0 lead. With minutes to go in the game, Christendom was awarded a penalty kick, which sailed over the crossbar. The Lady Knights were able to pull out the 1-0 victory.
Goalkeeper Kim Leitzel (pictured) made 24 saves to seal the win. Although it may have been a defensive game
for the Knights, they still found a way to score and continue winning.
“The team continues to display their never-give-up attitude,” said Murillo. “Christendom had many opportunities to score on us, which was made obvious by the number of saves our goalie, Kim Leitzel, made during the game. This win was again made possible by the effort, hard work, and support that these young ladies provide to each other during games.”
The Lady Knights are currently ranked #10 in the latest USCAA coaches' poll. They play Clarks Summit today at home. Game starts at 3 p.m.