October 24, 2012

Men’s Soccer Ends Season with Win at Randolph

Written by Sean Dahlin

Lynchburg, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's soccer team won its final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday at NCAA Division III Randolph College 2-0 to reach 10 wins—the most program wins since the 2003 squad achieved a 13-10 record.

"I was very pleased to see us execute offensively and defensively tonight," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We were determined and found a way to win a tough opponent on the road in our final game of the year."

Despite Randolph (8-6-3) outshooting Southern Virginia (10-7) 11-2 in the first half, both teams moved into halftime with a 0-0 tie.

"Robert [Key] had an outstanding performance in his last game at goalie," said Caputo. "We were given confidence on offense in the second half when we knew nothing would get past him."

The first score of the game came in the second stanza at the 63:02 mark as Southern Virginia freshman Zac McCulloch (Draper, Utah) headed a corner kick from teammate Nathaniel Sellis (Taylorsville, Utah) past the Wildcats' goal keeper for his fourth goal of the season.

The Knights spoiled Randolph's Senior Night adding one more goal in the final minute of the match as Sellis—who recorded a game-high three points—took a cross on the right side from junior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) for the score inside the right post.

Senior Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) recorded his third shutout of the season and finished with six saves—his second-most saves in one game this year—highlighted by a diving save in the 13th minute off a header attempt by the Wildcats' Adam Gilley.

Randolph finished both stanzas with a 24-10 shot advantage while also picking up 14 of the 10 corner kicks awarded.

"I am proud of our squad for having accomplished a double-digit win season, something that hasn't been done since 2003," said Caputo, the program's all-time winningest coach (62-47-2).