By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—An offensive surge in the first half by visiting Greensboro College allowed the Pride to earn a 4-1 victory over the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team Thursday night at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
After falling behind 4-0 midway through the opening half, Southern Virginia (0-8-0) scored a goal with four minutes remaining before halftime, but the Pride (4-3-2) managed to keep enough momentum to put down any rallies the Knights attempted.
"I give credit to the team for not giving up and trying to make a game of it despite going down early," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "We're making improvements and we see progress in areas we know need to get better. Our defense was slow to adjust to their attack early in the game, so we'll learn from it and move forward."
At the 41:22 mark of the first half, Southern Virginia's Sam Bunnell executed a corner kick to the center of the net where teammate Dennis Bronson was able to outjump the pack and head the ball into the goal for the Knights' score.
Greensboro's Tyler Slayton earned two goals on the night while Craig Gage and George Dimopoulos added individual scores for the Pride during the first half.
Bronson led the Knight attack with two shot attempts, both on goal, while scoring his first goal of the season. Nathan Seeberger also registered a shot attempt.
Southern Virginia goalkeeper Scott Zaring earned 13 saves on the night playing the complete 90 minutes.
The Knights next compete Saturday in their Capital Athletic Conference debut at Penn State Harrisburg. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Harrisburg, Pa.