By Daniel Whitehead
FROSTBURG, Md.—Down only 1-0 at halftime, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team fell victim to a barrage of goals by Frostburg State in the second half to drop the road contest by a 6-1 score Wednesday evening at Bobcat Stadium in Frostburg, Md.
The Knights (0-13-1) outshot the Bobcats (10-3) four to three in the first half, but Frostburg State utilized a 15-shot second half to reclaim momentum en route to the victory.
Southern Virginia freshman Sam Bunnell converted a penalty kick early in the second half to knot the game at one apiece at the 55:50 mark, but the Bobcats scored five goals in the final 23 minutes to pull away for the win.
"I liked our aggression and the confidence we were playing with in the opening half," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "Sam did a nice job on the penalty kick to tie the game, but we fell flat after that and they really took it to us. We saw some things that we liked tonight that we'll continue to improve on so we can put ourselves in a better position to score and come out victorious."
Frostburg's Kyle Walczak earned the game-winning goal at the 67:11 mark off an assist from Chris Jones to pull the Bobcats ahead, 2-1. Nabayee Tesfu scored minutes later for a 3-1 FSU advantage, while three other Bobcats scored in the final 10 minutes to secure the victory for Frostburg State.
Bunnell earned three shot attempts for the Knights, while Carlos Munoz, Marrott Weekes and Dennis Bronson each had two attempts for a total of nine Southern Virginia shot attempts, four of which were on goal.
Knight goalie Scott Zaring had three saves during the game.
Southern Virginia next competes Saturday afternoon for a Homecoming matchup with Wesley College. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.