Late Goal by EMU Defeats Knights 3-2

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

HARRISONBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team fell to NCAA Division III Eastern Mennonite University Wednesday evening as the Royals netted a go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute securing a 3-2 victory over the Knights.

Eastern Mennonite's Barkot Akula (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia) scored only 29 seconds into Wednesday's match giving the Royals an early 1-0 advantage.

Southern Virginia answered back with a quick goal of its own when freshman Scott Terry (Paris, Texas) connected with fellow freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.) who beat EMU's keeper for his fourth goal in as many 2011 contests evening the match at 1-1.

The score remained knotted for nearly 40 minutes until Eastern Mennonite found the net with only 1:19 remaining in the opening period reclaiming the lead just before the break.

Eastern Mennonite's second lead of the night was also short-lived as Southern Virginia sophomore Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) scored his fourth goal of the year 7:44 into the second half tying the match at two goals apiece. 

The Knights, however, were unable to halt the Royals attack as EMU scored the game's final goal at the 72:20 mark.

Freeman nearly recorded his second goal of the match with 3:19 remaining, but Eastern Mennonite's keeper, Patrick Fox, turned away Freeman's shot denying Southern Virginia its best chance for a third game-tying goal.  

With the loss, men's soccer drops to 2-2 on the year with its next match coming Saturday, Sept. 10 at Warren Wilson College.