Freeman's Overtime Header Lifts Knights Over Eagles

Freeman's Overtime Header Lifts Knights Over Eagles
Southern Virginia's Adam Freeman celebrates following his game-winning goal against Bridgewater. Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—For the second consecutive day, Southern Virginia University soccer fans saw the Knights pull out a thrilling overtime victory on The Fields as sophomore Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) scored in the 99th minute of Wednesday's game versus Bridgewater College giving men's soccer a 2-1 victory over the Eagles.

Just 24 hours earlier, fans watched women's soccer defeat Randolph College in the first minute of overtime when senior Melanee Guymon (Chico, Calif.) set up freshman Jade Sorensen (Spring, Texas) for the game-winning goal against the Wildcats.

Today's game-winner came in the final minute of overtime when Freeman, who leads Southern Virginia in goals (5) assists (4) and points (14), headed in a free kick from senior Nelson McNaughton (Washington Township, N.J.) after Bridgewater had been whistled for its 14th foul of the match.

Similarly, Southern Virginia's first goal of the evening came on a penalty kick as freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.) beat Bridgewater's keeper back-left giving the Knights an early 1-0 advantage.

Bridgewater's Ryan Pigg scored the equalizer for the Eagles on an assist from Daniel Visone in the 66th minute, but neither team was able to net a go-ahead goal before the end of regulation.

Southern Virginia appeared to be tiring during the extra period as Bridgewater outshot the Knights 4-1 over the first 9:20 of overtime, including two would-be game winning shots-on-goal that were turned away by junior keeper Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas), who finished with seven saves in just over 75 minutes of action.

A Bridgewater foul with only 40 seconds remaining in the first of two potential overtime periods gave Southern Virginia an opportunity to catch the Eagles off guard and McNaughton took advantage with a hurried free kick to one of the Knights most potent offensive weapons in Freeman.

Wednesday's game was the second consecutive overtime match for men's soccer as the Knights tied with Warren Wilson College (1-1, 2-OT) last Saturday.

Now 3-2-1 on the season, men's soccer is idle for four days before traveling to NCAA Division I Liberty University for a match on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.