Men's Soccer Can't Hold Early Lead at Ohio Mid-Western

Written by Sean Dahlin

SHARONVILLE, Ohio−The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team snapped its three-game winning streak on Saturday blowing a two-goal lead to fall 3-2 to fellow-USCAA opponent Ohio Mid-Western College.

"We let the game slip away despite having the early momentum," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "It's disappointing to lose a game we should have held onto, but we'll make the needed adjustments and put this game in the past."

It appeared that Southern Virginia (4-3) had control of the game after taking a 2-0 lead going into halftime, but the tides turned as Ohio Mid-Western (2-3) dominated the second half in scoring three unanswered times with Rams Joel Hansson putting the game-winning goal past Knights goal keeper Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) at the 83:20 mark.

Freshman Grant Montoya (Fairfax, Va.) initiated the action scoring the first goal of his Southern Virginia career on an unassisted play in the 16th minute.

Neither team would score for the next 15-plus minutes until junior forward Kyle Tyree (Williamsburg, Va.) took a pass from Branden Seeberger (Forest, Va.) to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

The rest of the match belonged to Ohio Mid-Western as the defense shut out Southern Virginia in the second half while Sylvester Ntiamoah and Abdoulayzeez Abass each scored a goal respectively to even play at 2-2 before Hansson's game-winner.

It was an evenly-matched battle with the Rams taking a narrow 12-11 shot advantage overall. The opponent's goal keeper Jason  Geiger had 9 saves compared to 4 saves by Southern Virginia's Key for the game.

Men's soccer travels for its third consecutive road match-up against West Virginia University of Technology on September 26, at 4 p.m. EST.