Written by Sean Dahlin
FRONT ROYAL, Va.−The Southern Virginia men's soccer team won its first road game of the season Monday defeating Christendom College 6-1.
"It was good to see our team score six goals today after struggling in our last two games offensively," said second-year head coach Tony Caputo. "Ryan [Foster] stepped up with the first goal of the game, which got the rest of our players going."
Senior Ryan Foster (Custer, S.D.) and junior Kyle Tyree (Williamsburg, Va.) led the offensive attack for Southern Virginia−who lost to Bridgewater (1-2) and Emory and Henry (0-1) earlier in the week−as they both scored two goals apiece with Foster scoring the first two goals of the game and Tyree making the final two scores.
Foster scored the first goal of the game 5:18 into the game as he took a deflected block from a Christendom defender and put it into the back of the net igniting Southern Virginia's offense to score four more goals in the first half to lead 5-1 at intermission.
After the Crusaders scored their only goal of the game in the 24th minute by Patrick Audino, Tyree recorded his first goal four minutes later, executing a pass from senior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.).
"I credit our defense for making the stops in the backfield, which allowed our offense to push the ball up into our opponent's territory and play more aggressively around the goal," said Caputo.
Southern Virginia outshot its opponent 29-13 including an 18-6 advantage of shots-on-goal for the game while the defense held Christendom scoreless in the second half with the only goal of the half coming at the 63-minute mark as the Knights' Tyree took a corner kick from junior Nathaniel Sellis (Taylorsville, Utah) into the net.
Men's soccer returns home tomorrow, September 11, at 4 p.m. to face its second-straight USCAA-opponent Washington Adventist.