Written by Daniel Whitehead
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.—Putting together a strong performance in the opening half, the visiting Southern Virginia University men's soccer team faltered in the second half as Hampden-Sydney College earned a 3-0 victory Friday afternoon in Hampden-Sydney, Va.
Playing to a scoreless period, the Knights (0-2) executed a balanced attack through the initial 45 minutes of play and competed well defensively as the Tigers (2-1) managed 10 shot attempts at Southern Virginia goalkeeper Scott Zaring.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Tigers' Bryan Barahona took a cross from Bo Burns to the far left post and headed it into the right post to grab a 1-0 lead with 30 minutes remaining.
HSC's Bryan Talbert took a pass from teammate Robert Stephens 15 minutes later and the duo was able to sneak it past Zaring for a 2-0 advantage.
With five minutes remaining in the game, Hampden-Sydney's Liam Hogan received an assist from Talbert and was able to put the ball past Zaring to increase the margin to a 3-0 deficit for the Knights.
"Our youth showed at times during this game, but the talent is there," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "The important thing is to give a full effort when out on the field, and I feel the team is doing its best to accomplish that task."
HSC keeper Cameron McFarlane improved to 2-1 with the win, while Zaring takes the loss for an 0-2 record.
Southern Virginia next competes Saturday evening at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.