Sea Gulls open St. Mary's Classic with 5-0 victory

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men's soccer team started the St. Mary's Classic with a 5-0 win over Centenary (N.J.) College on Saturday at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The Sea Gull defense, led by seniors Nate Woods and Kyle Simmons, put up another dominant showing as the unit only allowed two shots for Centenary in the entire game. This marks the third time in the team's first four games that Salisbury has held its opponent to five shots or less.

The Gulls outshot the Cyclones 24-2 in the match.

Junior forward Trevor Sharpe led the offense with two goals in the game. Sharpe got the Gulls on the board early, in the 13th minute, with his first score off of an assist from junior midfielder Jake Perry. His second goal came exactly one minute later with an assist from fellow forward, sophomore, Matt Greene.

The Sea Gulls added two more back-to-back goals late in the first half as freshman midfielder Ramadan Bayyan netted the first goal of his collegiate career in the 35th minute. Senior forward Phil Bucheimer added the third goal of his season just 43 seconds later.  

At the half, Salisbury was outshooting Centenary 12-1 and had three corner kicks to the Cyclone's one. The Gulls ended the game leading the corner kick margin, 9-2.

Perry capped the game with a second-half score, his first of the season, with the help of senior midfielder Jeremy Moyer for the assist.

Senior goalkeeper John Vnenchak played the first half (45 minutes) in the net to pick up his fourth win of the season. Vnenchak was not forced to make a save in the half.

All three Sea Gull goalkeepers saw minutes as junior Michael Nerud played just over 27 minutes and made one save, and freshman Drew Staedeli played just under 18 minutes.

Salisbury will be in action again on Sunday for the last day of the St. Mary's Classic in a 1 p.m. game against Bridgewater (Va.) College.

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