NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team fell to Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, 5-2.
The match started slowly as it remained scoreless for the first 32 minutes. Christopher Newport's Andrew Bonorden, the team's leader with two goals on the night, scored the game's first goal at the 32:31 mark. CNU's Sean Moriarty hit a pass from the left side of the goal line past the Sea Gull defense to Bonorden, who put the ball into the back of the net.
The Captains took the 1-0 lead into the break. At the half, Salisbury totaled six shots and one corner kick.
Bonorden netted his second score less than two minutes into the second half to give Christopher Newport a 2-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls cut the lead in half when junior midfielder Elliott Crompton scored his second goal of the season. Crompton was assisted on the play by senior forward Adrian Tombini, who took the ball down the middle of the field through the CNU defense before passing it off to Crompton for the score.
Less than one minute after Salisbury made the score 2-1, Christopher Newport scored two goals in two minutes as the teams combined for three goals in a three-minute span. The Captains took a 4-1 lead with the scores.
Tombini netted a goal in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick to get the Sea Gulls within two with just under 23 minutes remaining; the shot was hit low and to the right past the Captain's goalkeeper. Tombini led the team with four shots, three shots on goal and three points.
A late Christopher Newport goal capped the scoring for the game.
Salisbury ripped 13 shots for the game and attempted three corner kicks.
Salisbury will be in action again as the Sea Gulls return home on Saturday to take on Rutgers-Camden University at the SU Soccer Complex; the game is set for 2 p.m.