By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite a late rush to knot the score in the game's waning moments, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team fell to Bridgewater College by a 2-1 score Saturday evening at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
After Bridgewater (3-3-0) scored to go up 2-0 at the 86:14 mark, Southern Virginia (0-5-0) rushed down the field and scored a goal at 86:43 when freshman Declan Johnson took a cross from senior Kyle Tyree and snuck it into the net for his first goal of the season.
"I'm happy that the team never gave up and fought until the end of the game," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "It would have been easy to hang our heads for the final three minutes and just give up. We're showing signs of progress and we're playing a full 90 minutes. I would like to see the same effort and intensity through an entire game that we showed for the last three minutes of this one, but we're getting better and creating our identity."
The Eagles outshot the Knights by a 27-3 margin and placed 10 corner kicks for the night. Southern Virginia's Tyree recorded both a shot and an assist in the game, while freshman Cort Cox earned one shot on goal.
Bridgewater goalie Kevin Morris improves to 3-3-0 for the year, while Southern Virginia's Scott Zaring falls to 0-5-0. Zaring registered 14 saves against the Eagles.
Southern Virginia next competes Thursday on the road at Methodist University. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.