August 25, 2009

Men's Soccer Wins Opener

PURCELLEVILLE, Va.  The Southern Virginia University Men's Soccer team started the 2009 season on the right note as they traveled to play at Patrick Henry College and came away with a 3-1 win.

The Knights played a confident game and were able to overwhelm the Sentinels all game. The goal scoring started early for SVU as Chris Teerlink was able to run on to a through ball from David Haws and beat the keeper after twenty minutes. The Knights did not have to wait long for the second tally, as Dax Farnsworth was able to meet a flicked ball from Teerlink and volley the Knights into the 2-0 lead at the 22:34 mark of the first half.

The Knights were on cruise control, and could have scored several more, but were unable to penetrate the Sentinel defense for the next twenty minutes. In between, PHC was able to get back into the game when at the 39:00 mark of the first half; a penalty kick was called against the Knights. Mike Wilson was unable to keep the strike out, and the game became tighter than SVU was hoping for.

Farnsworth struck again 43:30 into the first after he scooped up a rebound from a David Haws shot. The second goal for Farnsworth would prove to be the last of the game as neither side could put the ball in the goal in the second half.

"This was a great first step for us," said Head Coach Tom Longenecker. "To get this first win means a lot, and hopefully it establishes the pattern for the team to follow this year. It's a long season, but starting out with a win can really help the focus of the team."

The Knights will be in action again Tuesday, September 1, as they unveil the new Southern Virginia Soccer Field in a home match against Bridgewater. Game time is set for 5:00.