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September 23, 2013

Men’s Soccer Overcome by Washington Adventist, 3-1

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Two late first-half goals by visiting Washington Adventist University provided the Shock a 3-1 victory over the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team Monday evening at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.

Down 1-0, Southern Virginia freshman midfielder Marrott Weekes scored a goal at the 29:18 mark just minutes after the Shocks' score to knot the game, but two goals by Washington Adventist's Abanda Nkwanyou within six minutes before the end of the first half proved to be insurmountable for the Knights.

"We're battling and fixing things as we go," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "It's the small things that we're not doing that is keeping us from winning. We are turning our focus into playing complete games and maintaining possession of the ball. I'm happy we fought back and showed that we wanted to be out on the field, but we couldn't quite convert great second half scoring opportunities.

"With conference play starting this weekend, we hope to build some confidence by having a good showing at home Thursday night against Greensboro. We have a lot to improve on, but we're getting there and making progress."

The Shocks' Nkwanyou scored three goals in the game with the first coming at the 27:18 mark that he snuck the ball past Knight keeper Scott Zaring. Zaring finished the game with a complete 90 minutes in the box and earned six saves for the night.

Southern Virginia next competes Thursday night at home with a match against Greensboro. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Fields.