By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — Improving on last season's win total by a game, the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team finished the year with a 4-15 overall record, with a 1-8 mark in CAC play. The lone conference win came against Wesley, in which the team scored a season-high six goals.
"Win or lose, I saw improvement in every game we played," first-year head coach Jan-Willem Boer commented. "With only a handful of returning players and a tough schedule, I realized our resolve was going to be tested. But the team held together with a good spirit and enjoyed playing together."
The Knights' offense improved tremendously this year, scoring 24 goals compared to just nine last year. The attack was led by senior Marrott Weekes (Orem, Utah), who tallied seven goals along with two assists, while freshman Jeremy Wilson (Saratoga Springs, Utah) led the squad with three assists, and scoring another three himself. Midfielder Gregg Allen (Provo, Utah) contributed three goals as well.
Senior Colin Flynn (Chesapeake, Va.) started every game in goal for Southern Virginia this year, racking up a total of 119 saves with a .595% save percentage. Senior defender Matt Diede (Sioux City, Iowa) did it all for the Knights, recording a pair of goals and an assist while holding down the back line all season.
"This offseason will be a time of heavy recruiting as well as consistent training for our returning players," Boer said about preparing for next year. "We will miss our four departing seniors, as they carried the team and will be hard to replace, but we also have a great core of players left to carry us over to the start of next season."