By Laura Workman
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite a strong defensive effort from the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team, the visiting Virginia Wesleyan Marlins walked away with a 1-0 overtime victory over the Knights Friday night at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Following a scoreless regulation, the Marlins' Robert Holschuh took a shot in the middle of the box that deflected off a diving Knight defender. Southern Virginia keeper Colin Flynn tried to pounce on it but was caught under a collision just feet away from the net. Holschuh took the deflected ball and kicked it into the open net to lift Virginia Wesleyan to the win with five minutes remaining in overtime.
The Knights (1-2-0) contended well with last year's ODAC champions as the defense denied the Marlins (1-1-1) goals for two halves in comparison to last season's 6-1 loss in Norfolk, Virginia. The Marlins outshot the Knights Friday evening by a 7-1 margin in the first half and a 9-5 ratio in the second.
After a Virginia Wesleyan foul, Southern Virginia's Jared Attridge attempted the only shot on goal for the Knights during the first half. Sophomore Carlos Munoz and freshman Colby Briggs had the same opportunities but were unable to get it past Marlin goalie Conner Kirkham.
The Knights tallied 14 fouls and two yellow cards to the Marlins' eight fouls. Flynn produced 10 saves while Kirkham had three over 95 minutes in the box.
During overtime, the Marlins were able to keep the Knights out of shooting range long enough to capitalize on the field position after a yellow card was called on Southern Virginia.
Southern Virginia's next competition is with ODAC neighbor Washington and Lee University. The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at The Duchossois Athletics Facilities Complex in Lexington, Va.