Men's Soccer Ends Season at .500

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team closed its season Friday afternoon with a 4-2 home loss to the Golden Bears of West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

WVU Tech controlled possession in the first period, outshooting Southern Virginia 11-3 and scoring two unanswered goals.  The Golden Bears extended their lead eight minutes into the second period when David James chipped in a through ball from teammate Bernardo Lopez.

Southern Virginia struck back in the 61st minute as senior Chris Teerlink sent a cross to fellow senior Austin Bridge who converted at the net. Teerlink led the Knights this year in goals (7), assists (7) and total points (21).

WVU Tech responded with a fourth goal in the 76th to put the game out of reach for Southern Virginia. The Knights continued to fight in their final game of the season, scoring a second goal just before the end of regulation when senior Dax Farnsworth set up sophomore Garrett Coffman who beat the Golden Bears' keeper to the far post.

In addition to Bridge, Farnsworth and Teerlink, three more Southern Virginia seniors, Ezra Belmont, Christian Blackwelder and Tyler Laurent, closed out their collegiate careers on Friday.

Under first-year head coach Jedd Zaring, men's soccer jumped out to its best start in program history, winning seven of its first nine games. However, the Knights stalled after their 7-2 start, dropping five straight, before splitting in their final two games to close the season at 8-8.