WASHINGTON, D.C. – After being shutout in five consecutive losses, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team burst out of its late season slump Wednesday evening at Gallaudet University, scoring five second-half goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Bison. With the win, Southern Virginia (8-7) completed its season sweep of Gallaudet (1-17) and moved back above .500 heading into its final match of the year.
Southern Virginia's Tyler Laurent punched in a loose ball in front of Gallaudet's goal in the 37th minute to give the Knights a 1-0 lead heading into the half. However, the Bison evened the score early in the second period on a free kick from 45 yards out.
Southern Virginia reponded quickly, scoring three unanswered goals in a six minute span. Nelson McNaughton netted a shot from 25 yards out in the 53rd minute, Dax Farnsworth found the lower right corner on a rebounded shot in the 56th minute and Brandon Seeberger had his shot deflect off Gallaudet's keeper into the net in the 59th minute to give the Knights a commanding 4-1 lead.
Brady Johnson added a fifth goal for Southern Virginia at the 71:06 mark scoring from the right on a center pass from Layton Checketts. Farnsworth capped the scoring for the Knights with his second goal of the contest in the 85th minute when he headed in a corner kick from Garrett Coffman that was first deflected by Austin Bridge.
Southern Virginia, who converted on an impressive six of its nine on goal attempts, outshot Gallaudet 23-8 for the match.
Men's soccer looks to finish out its season with consecutive wins when it hosts West Virginia University – Institute of Technology on Friday, Oct. 29 at The Fields. The match has a 4 p.m. start time.