Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team snapped its five-game winning streak falling to USCAA-foe West Virginia University Institute of Technology 4-1 on Homecoming Saturday.
"It was a disappointing loss after having played so well during our five-game winning streak," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We played a solid first half but then were put in a tough position after our opponent scored its second goal."
After a 1-0 score heading into halftime, WVU-Tech (13-1-1) outshot Southern Virginia (9-5) 10-2 in the second half including a 3-1 goals-scored advantage on route to victory.
WVU-Tech got off to an early start as forward Dennis Furst landed a breakaway goal at the 16:46 mark for the first goal of the game. Southern Virginia's defense then tightened its screws, holding the Golden Bears scoreless the final 29-plus minutes of the first half.
The scoring margin widened in the second half, however, as WVU-Tech's Furst took his own rebounded shot attempt that was blocked by Southern Virginia goalie Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) into the back of the net for his second goal of the match.
Two more goals were made by the Golden Bears within a 15-minute span before junior forward Luis Diaz (Pachuca, Mex.) scored Southern Virginia's first goal—and his first goal as a Knight—in the 90th minute to avoid a shutout.
"WVU-Tech is the best team we've played so far," said Caputo. "They have a good chance of contending for the USCAA national title."
Southern Virginia has dropped to 0-2 against the Golden Bears in 2012, dropping its first contest 5-0 in Montgomery, W.Va., on Sept. 26.
Men's soccer is off until Thursday when the Knights host Ferrum College (6-8-1) at The Fields on Senior Day in their final home game of 2012.
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