By Daniel Whitehead
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Following a stout defensive effort in the opening half, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team allowed four goals in the final 50 minutes to fall to host Methodist University by a 4-0 score Thursday night at the Monarch Soccerplex in Fayetteville, N.C.
The Monarchs (2-4-1) defeated the Knights (0-6-0) by way of a 31-1 shots advantage and consistently attacking the Southern Virginia box.
"You have to give credit to Methodist for maintaining pressure and relentlessly attacking our net," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "Our team is competing and giving an honest effort, but our communication needs to improve and we need to gain a better idea of what each other is supposed to be doing on the field. We are seeing signs of progress and moving forward."
Methodist got on the board at the 40:02 mark when Eric McGinnis took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity with Knight goalie Scott Zaring and managed to sneak the ball past him for a 1-0 advantage just before halftime.
The Monarchs struck again soon after the half when McGinnis added another goal at the 52:39 mark off a corner kick. Seth Harrison of Methodist would score two goals in the final 10 minutes to increase the lead to the final 4-0 tally.
Knight senior forward Kyle Tyree registered a shot on goal early in the first half to provide a scoring opportunity for the team.
Southern Virginia next competes Monday at home in a 4 p.m. contest with Washington Adventist.