Smith's Overtime Goal Gives Knights Thrilling Win at Virginia Intermont

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Written by Chris Pendleton

BRISTOL, Va.—Freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.) scored on a free kick in the 100th minute of Saturday's men's soccer game between Southern Virginia University and Virginia Intermont College giving the Knights a thrilling 2-0 overtime victory.

Senior Chris Teerlink (Waynesboro, Va.), who led last year's men's soccer team in both goals (7) and points (21), scored on an assist from sophomore Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) in the 33rd minute of play giving Southern Virginia an early 1-0 advantage.

Six minutes into the second half Virginia Intermont struck back and evened the score at one apiece.

Neither team would score again until the tenth minute of overtime when Smith bent in a free kick from 40 yards out giving Southern Virginia a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Cobras.

"It was the most exciting shot I have ever seen in person," said Head Coach Tony Caputo, who is the program's all-time winningest coach and has the Knights off to a 2-0 start in 2011. 

Including his game-winning goal Saturday night, Smith has recorded two goals and an assist in his first two matches as a Southern Virginia Knight.

Men's soccer will look to continue its hot start Thursday, Sep. 1 at 4 p.m. when it hosts NCAA Division III Randolph College on The Fields.