Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team collected its fourth consecutive win on Friday defeating NCAA Division II Chowan University 4-2 at home on The Fields.
"We're starting to come together as a team," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We've been playing well on both sides of the ball and that's been reflected in our current winning streak."
Southern Virginia (8-4) jumped out to an early lead against Chowan (1-10) pouring in three goals in the opening 25 minutes of action.
The Knights' first goal came in the 12th minute after Southern Virginia was awarded a free kick from 35 yards out. Although the Knights did not score on their initial direct attempt, Nathan Seeberger (Forest, Va.) collected the loose ball in the box and headed in his first goal of the season making it 1-0 Southern Virginia.
Southern Virginia's next goal was the result of another Chowan foul—this time leading to a penalty kick for Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.), which he converted putting Southern Virginia up 2-0 at the 23:43 mark.
Only 75 seconds later, Nathaniel Sellis (Taylorsville, Utah) gave Southern Virginia its third and final goal of the half when he followed up a deflection in the box and punched in his third goal this year.
The Knights maintained their lead for most of the first half until a miscue in Southern Virginia's backfield led to a Chowan score five minutes before halftime. The Hawks carried their newfound momentum through intermission and added another goal only 32 seconds into the second period cutting Southern Virginia's lead to a single goal (3-2) with 44 minutes still left to play.
Neither team would score again for nearly 40 minutes of physical play until Freeman netted his second goal of the afternoon on a one-timer from 30 yards that slipped past Chowan's keeper securing the Knights' fourth win in eight days. Freeman leads all Southern Virginia players with 8 goals on the year.
Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) picked up the win in goal for the Knights going all 90 minutes, while improving his record to 5-2 on the season.
"Our goal all season long has been to qualify for postseason play," said Caputo. "We've put ourselves in a good position with this current run. Now we need to carry our momentum through the final stretch of the season."
Men's soccer is off until next Wednesday, Oct. 10 when the Knights travel to face Washington Adventist for the second time this season. Southern Virginia defeated the Shock 4-2 in Buena Vista on Sept. 11.