WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior defenseman Sean Ryant (Cleveland, Ohio) blasted a 45-yard shot that slipped through the hands of Southern Virginia University goalie Ben May early in the second half of Wednesday night's men's soccer game. The goal, the first this season for Ryant, tied the game for Gallaudet University (1-17) with 41 minutes left in regulation. Southern Virginia (8-7) took off from there and scored five straight en route to the 6-1 victory.
Southern Virginia completes the season sweep of Gallaudet as the Knights won 5-1 back on September 11 at home. The two teams were originally slated to play the second game of the season series on September 22 but rain halted that game 20 minutes into the first half. The make-up game started anew for both teams.
The Knights got on the scoreboard in the 37th minute when Tyler Laurent tapped in a loose ball in front of the Bison goal. SVU took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, an early foul by Southern Virginia set-up a free kick for the Bison. Ryant took the free kick and fired a low shot from 45 yards out. The ball, moving quickly, rolled right through May's hands and legs into the back of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
SVU followed with three consecutive goals in a six-minute window. The Knights tacked on two additional goals before the game ended. Dax Farnsworth led the charge with two goals in the second half.
Gallaudet junior goalie Poloko Qobose (Gaborone, Botswana) finished the game with three saves while May stopped two. SVU outshot Gallaudet 23-8 (14-3 in the second half) while the Knights held a 10-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Bison will close out their season on Friday evening at Hotchkiss Field as GU welcomes Salem International University for a 5 p.m. game on Homecoming weekend.