August 30, 2010

Knights Beat PHC, Start 2-0 For First Time Since 2001

PURCELLVILLE, Va. The Southern Virginia Men's Soccer team continued its winning ways with a convincing 4-0 victory over Patrick Henry College, and started a season 2-0 for the first time since the 2001 season. Freshman Jason Greene had two goals while Tyler Laurent and Brandon Seeberger each contributed one. Richard Crist and Ben May each played one half in goal, sharing the shutout. SVU outshout the Sentinels 20-6 in the contest, and were unlucky not to come away with more.

Greene got the Knights going with his first goal in the 21st minute on a feed from Chris Teerlink. Teerlink intercepted the ball in the SVU end, and dribbled through numerous PHC defenders before finding Greene open at the top of the box. Greene made a nice move onto his left foot and slotted the ball past the diving Sentinel goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead. Green added his second at the 29-minute mark after picking up a loose ball, and beating the Patrick Henry defense again with a quick dribbling run.

Crist was was never really tested in the first haf although he was credited with four saves, mostly on shots from distance as the SVU backline of Teerlink, Ezra Belmont, Nelson McNaughton and Layton Checketts did an outstanding job keeping the hosts' attack at bay. PHC was left scrambling after their teams' starting goalkeeper was injured saving a Seeberger shot. The Knights had the majority of the possession in the half, earning six corner kicks to one for PHC, and took the 2-0 lead into the half.

Tyler Laurent got the Knights going quickly in the second half with a nice individual effort down the left flank. After receiving the ball from McNaughton near midfield, Laurent beat two players on his buccaneering 40-yard run, and went in on the PHC keeper alone, beating him high at the near post for the 3-0 lead. Seeberger put the contest out of reach when he was rewarded with a goal in the 69th minute after forcing a bad pass between the Sentinel defender and the goalkeeper, with the ball ending up in the back of the net.

May was called upon to make two saves in the second half, one a spectacular dive on a well struck shot, as the Sentinels mounted a brief offensive effort late in the game. PHC also spanked a the crossbar on a direct kick from 28-yards out, which was ultimately cleared out of harm's way by the SVU defense.

The Knights travel to Old Dominion Athletic Conference for Bridgewater on Sept. 4 for a 4:00 pm game.