October 29, 2011

Seeberger's Overtime Goal Lifts Knights Over Owls

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Junior Branden Seeberger (Forest, Va.) drilled a shot from 30 yards out 34 seconds into overtime on Saturday lifting the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team past Warren Wilson College 3-2 on Senior Day.

With the win, Southern Virginia closes out its season at 9-6-2 securing the most single-season wins since 2003 when men's soccer went 13-10 on the way to a third-place finish at the USCAA national tournament.

Despite recording their most wins in seven seasons, the Knights did not receive a bid to the 2011 USCAA national tournament, which will be hosted by Warren Wilson—the Owls are the eighth-seeded team in this year's tournament—from Nov. 3-5. 

Southern Virginia and Warren Wilson traded goals during the opening 45 minutes of play and entered halftime locked in a 2-2 tie.

Ryan Foster (Custer, S.D.) scored the matches' first goal in the 10th minute when he received a beautiful lead pass from freshman Josh Smith (Newburgh, Ind.), which he lifted above the Owl's keeper into the net giving Southern Virginia an early 1-0 lead. Warren Wilson responded in the 18th minute with its fist goal of the afternoon evening the match at one goal apiece. 

The Knights reclaimed the lead 4:30 later when Nathan Seeberger (Forest, Va.) converted a pass from freshman Alex Wixom (Idaho Falls, Idaho) from 15 yards out on the right side of the field, but the Owls scored their second equalizing goal of the match less than five minutes later. 

After a torrent of offense to open the game—the two teams combined for four goals over the first 27 minutes of play—neither team was able to score during the remaining 63 minutes of regulation and the match entered a ten-minute, sudden-death overtime period.

Seeberger made sure overtime didn't last long, however, when he received a pass from Smith and rocketed a shot from 30 yards, which beat Warren Wilson's goalie to the top-right corner of the net. 

Southern Virginia's two seniors, Nelson McNaughton (Washington Township, N.J.) and Chris Teerlink (Waynesboro, Va.), were honored before Saturday's match.