Five Knights Score in 6-3 Win Over Christendom

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Five different Knights scored during Wednesday's home match against fellow USCAA-member Christendom College as the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team pushed its current winning streak to three matches with a 6-3 victory over the Crusaders.

Christendom (6-4-2) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Southern Virginia (7-5-2) when John Ciskanik scored an unassisted goal in the 26th minute, but the Knights responded less than six minutes later netting two goals within a 2:40 span to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Southern Virginia's first goal came from freshman Alex Wixom (Idaho Falls, Idaho) on a cross from Kyle Tyree (Universal City, Texas), while the Knights' second goal came on a corner kick from freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.) that found sophomore Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.), who beat Christendom's goalie from 15 yards out. 

The Knights were unable to hold their lead for long, however, as Ciskanik scored his second goal just under three minutes into the second period tying the match at two goals apiece.

Sophomore Nathan Seeberger (Forest, Va.) reclaimed the lead for Southern Virginia in the 55th minute when he followed up a loose ball at the net after the Crusaders' keeper could not control a header from his own player that was nearly an own goal.

Christendom showed no quit after Southern Virginia's third goal of the match, however, scoring just over ten minutes later on a corner kick from Ciskanik that was headed in by Ted Cantu for the third tie of the match. 

With the weather conditions deteriorating as the drizzle from early in the match turned to a heavy rain, Southern Virginia went on to score three unanswered goals during the final 25 minutes of play to secure the season sweep of Christendom after already defeating the Crusaders on Sept. 26.

Freeman added his second goal of the match in the 75th minute followed by a goal junior Garrett Coffman (Wabash, Ind.) three minutes later, both on assists from freshman Gregg Allen (Provo, Utah).

Freshman Scott Terry (Paris, Texas) scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season with 2:31 left in the match to reach the final score. Terry has now scored five goals over Southern Virginia's last three matches—the best three-game stretch of any Knight this season.

Men's soccer will look to push its winning streak to four on Saturday, Oct. 15 when Southern Virginia travels to take on NCAA Division II Chowan University at 3 p.m.