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.
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.