By Daniel Whitehead
MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—A goal by freshman Sam Bunnell early in the opening half led to an eventual 1-1 tie between the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team and host Penn State Harrisburg Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Pa.
Bunnell, a Newcastle, Wash., native, earned his first career goal as a Knight by way of scoring off a deflected shot at the 11:21 mark to give Southern Virginia its first lead of the season.
The tie allowed the Knights (0-8-1) to earn its first tie of the season while the Lions also recorded their first tie of the year to move to 3-4-1 for the 2013 campaign.
"I'm happy with the way the team fought and represented itself," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "I was pleased with our defensive effort in not giving up any additional goals after Harrisburg tied it up. We played with more urgency, which is what I like to see as opposed to taking a timid approach to attacking the net. Overall, it was a nice way to open conference season."
Southern Virginia goalkeeper Scott Zaring earned seven saves for the day playing the complete 110 minutes. Despite 25 Lion shots toward the Knights' net, Zaring allowed just one during the contest. PS Harrisburg goalie Brandon Hoover recorded five saves on the day.
The Knights next compete Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Ferrum College to take a step out of league action. Kickoff is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time.