BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team suffered its first lost of the season Thursday as the Knights fell in their home opener to NCAA Division III Randolph College 4-1.
Despite outshooting Randolph 7-6 in the first period, Southern Virginia entered the half down 1-0 after the Wildcats scored a breakaway goal in the 18th minute.
Randolph scored again just over two minutes into the second half to take a 2-0 lead over the Knights.
Southern Virginia answered back in the 55th when sophomore Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) found freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.) breaking free through the middle of the field for his third goal of the young season.
The Knights would come no closer, however, as Randolph's Will Wolf headed in a corner kick from teammate Timmy Songer three minutes later.
Songer took another corner kick in the 63rd minute and bent it into the net for the Wildcats fourth goal of the contest.
"That was a very good team we lost to today," said Head Coach Tony Caputo following Thursday's defeat. "They were more physical than we were and they really hurt us scoring twice on corner kicks."
Randolph outshot Southern Virginia 18-11 for the match and took six more corner kicks than the Knights (9-3).
With the loss, men's soccer moves to 2-1 on the season.
The Knights will face their second straight Division III opponent on Sept. 7 when they travel an hour north to Harrisonburg, Va. for a 7 p.m. match with Eastern Mennonite University. EMU, like Randolph, is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.