Written by Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—An overtime goal by Washington & Lee University lifted the visiting Generals to a 1-0 victory over the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team Wednesday evening at The Fields in the Knights' season opener.
The Generals' Al Organ took a cross from teammate Zach Clarke in the 97th minute (96:38) and was able to zip it past Southern Virginia goalkeeper Scott Zaring for the W&L victory.
"I think we had a good showing for it being our first game," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "For not having a lot of returners and a very new team, I thought we showed up well. W&L has a quality program with players who have been with each other for several years, so we gave them a good fight."
Southern Virginia midfielder Kyle Tyree had a close shot attempt in the opening half, while Adam Freeman put up two shots in the second half, including one on goal the Generals managed to keep out of the net.
"Our defense was very energetic, did a lot of good things to keep us in the game and goalie Scott Zaring played great," Grawrock said. "With a few tweaks here and there, I think we'll be in pretty good shape. We got in a good look today and I thought we had an impressive showing to start the year."
Playing a complete game, Zaring finished with eight saves, including one in the overtime period. The Generals ended the game with a 19-3 shot advantage and placed 11 corner kicks.
For the Generals, Organ finished with four shots, including three on goal, while Parker Wolfinger also had four shot attempts with three on goal.
"We have some really good talent and this team has potentialk," Grawrock said. "We'll continue to work on areas we need to and fine-tune our attack and I think we'll be in good shape."
W&L goalie Albert Civitarese picked up the win to improve to 1-0-2, while Southern Virginia's Zaring fell to 0-1-0.
Southern Virginia next competes Friday night at Hampden-Sydney with a 4 p.m. kickoff.