Written by Sean Dahlin
TACOMA PARK, Md.—The Southern Virginia men's soccer team travelled on the road and defeated Washington Adventist 3-1 on Saturday to earn its fifth straight victory.
"We have a lot of momentum and are playing at a high level right now as a team," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "This is our second win this season against Washington Adventist in which we had to come from behind."
Both teams were held scoreless for the first 35 minutes of the match before Lesly Elemeus took a shot from the box into the net to score the first goal and give Washington Adventist (3-8-1) a 1-0 lead.
Senior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) then led Southern Virginia's (9-4) second comeback against the Shock this season—the Knights overcame a 2-1 deficit on Sept. 11 to defeat the visiting Shock in a 4-2 final—by scoring two goals within a 20-plus minute span, including the game winner at the 65:45 mark from the far left wing.
The Knights' first goal came as Freeman, who has scored five goals in his previous three contests, was awarded a penalty kick in the 44th minute that he executed to even the score 1-1 in the 44th minute going into intermission.
The rest of the match turned out to be a defensive struggle as both teams could not find the net for nearly twenty-five minutes until junior Nathaniel Sellis (Taylorsville, Utah) added an insurance goal in the 90th minute (89:23) as he took the unassisted ball past the Washington Adventist goalie to give Southern Virginia the 3-1 final advantage.
Southern Virginia senior goal keeper Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) earned the victory to improve to 8-4 in front of the net on the season while recording one save against the Shock—he has allowed four goals in the Knights' five-game winning streak.
"Although today was a great win, we must play well down the stretch as well to reach our goal of making postseason play," said Caputo.
Southern Virginia is looking to qualify for its first bid in program history into the USCAA Men's Soccer National Championship tournament since the 2004 squad finished 4th overall in the tournament.
Watch live video of men's soccer's homecoming contest Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m., on Southern Virginia Athletics online broadcast portal versus USCAA men's soccer's number-two ranked West Virginia University Institute of Technology—the Knights lost to the Golden Bears 5-0 on Sept. 26.