September 1, 2012

Men's Soccer Shines During Season Opening Win

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Senior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) finished with a match-high five points lifting the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team to an impressive 4-1 victory on Saturday at home over Pennsylvania College of Technology in the Knights' 2012 season opener.

"I was very happy with the tone that we set," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "That was a very good team we played today that outsized us at nearly every position, but we did a nice job of being active and controlling the ball."

Southern Virginia dominated possession throughout their first match of the year finishing with a 22-12 advantage on shots, including a 13-7 advantage for shots on goal.

The Knights' first goal of the season came 13:24 into the first half when junior Nathaniel Sellis (Taylorsville, Utah) sent in a perfect corner kick from the left side that found freshman Zac McCulloch (Draper, Utah), who headed the ball past Penn-Tech's keeper.

Southern Virginia took seven corner kicks during Saturday's match, while the Wildcats only had four corner attempts.

Senior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.), who finished last season with a team-high nine goals despite missing four games, gave the Knights a 2-0 lead thirteen minutes later with an unassisted goal from the left side. Neither team scored again for nearly 35 minutes until Freeman tallied his second goal of the match on a break away beating the goalie in the box.

Penn-Tech scored its only goal of the match at the 80-minute mark, but the Knights quickly answered with their fourth goal six-and-a-half minutes later pushing their lead back to three. Freeman capped a stellar season debut by assisting on Southern Virginia's fourth and final goal finding Kyle Tyree (Williamsburg, Va.), who punched in his first goal of the season.

"Our focus this year is to qualify for tournament play and this win was a huge step towards that goal," Caputo said. "We missed the postseason last year by one spot and Penn-Tech is a team that consistently qualifies for nationals. It's a long season with a lot of ups and downs, but we feel like we began our journey on the right foot today."

Men's soccer will have a tough test in its next outing as the Knights travel to NCAA Division III Bridgewater College on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

During their last meeting in Buena Vista, Va., on Sept. 14, 2011, Southern Virginia defeated the Eagles 2-1 in overtime.

Follow live stats of Wednesday's game at Bridgewater.