October 30, 2009

Second-Half Barrage Leads Knights to Season Ending Victory

BUENA VISTA, Va. Five second-half goals by the Southern Virginia Men's Soccer team overwhelmed the visiting Concord team and paced them to a 5-1 Senior Day victory. The Knights fell early in the first half as they surrendered a free kick just outside the 18. The following shot beat Keeper Ben May to the far post, and Concord had the lead.

"We were not as organized as we should have been," said Head Coach Tom Longenecker. "They played a good passing game, and we were a little rushed in that first half. I felt that we could beat them, but they needed to see that it was the end of the season. They needed to play like there would be no more soccer because there won't be for this season."

The Knights responded quickly, and the second half flipped towards SVU as Chris Teerlink scooped up a through ball from Francisco Osegueda and beat the charging Mountain Lion keeper to deadlock the game. The offside trap for Concord was beaten again as Marcus Davidson streaked on to another through ball and hit the ball to the far netting for a lead the Knights would not give up.

A testy affair got heated in the second half, as Concord had several yellow cards issued to players, and also had two players ejected to go down to nine men for the remainder of the game. The Knights were in no mood to overlook the advantage, and Josh Patino raced through again to hit a ball past the luckless visiting keeper. A pair of Osegueda goals sealed the win, and provided  the Knights with a winning home record, and an overall winning record for the first time since 2003.

"I am so proud of these guys," said Longenecker. "They have played such great soccer. They have come together as a team, and they have really stepped up this season. We were truly a team, and our results have been so encouraging for everyone. I'm especially happy for our seniors."

The Knights celebrated the careers of five seniors before the game started. The group includes David Haws, Jake Katzenback, Derrick Maggard, Cisco Osegueda, and Geoffrey Whitney.