Behind Strong Defensive Outing, Men's Soccer Collects 2-0 Home Win

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak on Friday with a 2-0 home victory over USCAA-rival Christendom College.

"I was really proud of our defensive performance today, " said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We held a very talented Christendom team scoreless and Robert [Key] was awesome today in goal."

Senior keeper Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) went all 90 minutes for Southern Virginia (5-4) recording three saves, while earning his fourth win (4-4) of the season. Key's most impressive stop came in the 47th minute when he deflected a breakaway shot by Christendom's Patrick Audino over the crossbar saving a goal for the Knights.

"Robert [Key] stopped a few shots today, including that breakaway early in the second half, that could have easily been goals for Christendom," said Caputo.

In addition to Key, Southern Virginia's defensive line led by senior defender Branden Seeberger (Forest, Va.) stifled the Crusaders throughout the match allowing Christendom (5-4) only 7 total shots compared to 19 for the Knights.

Both of Southern Virginia's goals came during a three-minute stretch early during Friday's first half as the Knights appeared on track for another lopsided victory over the Crusaders—men's soccer won 5-0 at Christendom earlier this month.

Southern Virginia's first goal came 10:06 into the first half when senior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) sent in a beautiful corner kick from the left side that found freshman Cameron Walch (Sany, Utah) in the box. Walch gathered the ball and beat Christendom's goalie for the second goal of his young career.

Just under three minutes later Bryce Pyrah rifled a shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net and put Southern Virginia up 2-0 with 77 minutes still left to play.

Rain began to fall shortly after Southern Virginia's second goal, however, making scoring opportunities more difficult as conditions deteriorated. Play also became increasingly physical throughout the match as the Knights and Crusaders were whistled for 13 and 9 fouls respectively.

"That was a solid win for us today," said Caputo. "Now we have to turn around and play another tough game tomorrow against Warren Wilson, which will be another great test for our team."

Men's soccer hosts Warren Wilson College (2-6) tomorrow on The Fields at 4:30 p.m. Southern Virginia collected a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Owls during last year's season finale.