By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA Va.—Facing one of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team fell to visiting Salisbury University by a 3-0 score Saturday afternoon at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
The Seagulls (11-2) achieved 28 shot attempts during the game with 16 on goal for a high amount of scoring opportunities the Knights (0-12-1) could not overcome. Southern Virginia achieved two shot attempts in the second half with one on goal to counter Salisbury's efforts.
"I was glad to see a heightened sense of urgency and pressure in the second half," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "We increased our opportunities to score, so we came away with a positive feeling. We're learning what it takes to be successful in this league. Salisbury sets a good example of what we would like to become in this conference. We're doing the right things and learning what it takes to become competitive."
Salisbury's Tanner East put the Seagulls up 1-0 at the 2:38 mark of the opening half off an assist from Elliott Crompton that he headed into the net. Stephen Poorman increased the Salisbury lead to 2-0 four minutes later scoring off an assist from Jake Perry that he shot in from the right side of the box.
The Seagulls' Nathan Mattola scored unassisted midway through the second half to lift Salisbury to the 3-0 win on the road.
Knight goalie Scott Zaring had 13 saves during the game.
Southern Virginia next competes Wednesday evening on the road at Frostburg State in Frostburg, Md. The game is slated to begin at 5 p.m.