Written by Sean Dahlin
MONTGOMERY, W.Va.−The Southern Virginia men's soccer team fell in its second consecutive game losing on the road 5-0 on Wednesday to the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
"We didn't step up today to the level of our competition," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "West Virginia Tech did a good job of keeping us away from its goal for most of the game while attacking our defense on a consistent basis."
Southern Virginia (4-4) was outplayed from beginning to end with WVU-Tech (10-1)—the number-one ranked team in the USCAA poll—outshooting the Knights 19-6 including a lopsided 16-3 shots-on-goal advantage.
The first half belonged to the Golden Bears' Dennis Furst who scored two goals on route to a 3-0 lead before the break, highlighted by a driving score at the 23:14 mark as Furst took a pass from teammate Rodrigo Manzanares past Southern Virginia's goal keeper Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas).
After midfielder Juan Suarez gave WVU-Tech an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal in the 13th minute, he carried the momentum into the second half of play lengthening the lead to 4-0 on a converted penalty kick 24 minutes into the period for his second score of the game.
Southern Virginia struggled to find any type of offensive rhythm and could not seem to distribute the ball as senior Adam Freeman (Marion,Va.) had the only 3 shots-on-goal for the Knights.
Men's soccer begins a four-game home stand beginning with Christendom College on Friday, Sept. 28, for the second time this season—Southern Virginia defeated the Crusaders 6-1 on Sept. 10.