BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Men's Soccer team pumped in 5 goals in the first half on its way to a 6-0 win over Patrick Henry College. The five goals ended the contest early, and helped push the Knights to an overall record of 5-3-1. The five wins surpass last year's total of wins, and ties the 2007 teams tally. With a month left in the season, Head Coach Tom Longenecker is confident this could be one of the best seasons for the men's team in the past five years.
"We have been getting crucial victories, and have competed really well," said Longenecker. "It has been a long process to get us back to where we compete and get wins. All that effort is starting to pay off, and you can see it now in wins like this. I'm very happy with how our guys have played."
The scoring started off in the 18th minute as Cisco Osegueda continued his scoring form, as he received a ball from Josh Patino, and beat the PHC keeper. The vistors picked the ball out of the net a minute later as Ezra Belmont put home a ball set up by Patino again.
"Getting those two quick goals really helped us," Longenecker said. "I think we relaxed even more, but early on in the season, when we played them, we scored early and then took our foot off the gas. The team rallied well, and made sure that didn't happen again."
The Knight fans only needed to wait another 8 minutes as Osegueda turned provider, and supplied a ball off of a corner kick for David Haws to head home. Patino finally got on the board for the game and for the season, as he received a ball from Osegueda, again from a corner, and struck it past the Sentinels keeper for the 4-0 lead.
Chris Teerlink added to the point total as he blasted in a shot at the 32:01 mark of the first half. The 5-0 mark at the half was the largest output of goals by the Knights all season. Heading in to the second half SVU looked to get more goals and keep the clean sheet for the game. The final goal came from Kelan Macy off an assist from Christian Blackwelder.
"We got 6 goals from six different people," said Longenecker. "That's great distribution, and is a testament to the kind of team play we were involved in today. As a coach you love to see that type of game because everyone is working for that common goal."
The Knights outshot the Sentinels 37-2 and had 20 shots on goal. SVU will have a week break before they play again, as they welcome Averett Sept. 9 for a 4:00 kickoff. The Cougars overcame the Knights earlier in the season 5-0.