Sea Gulls clinch top seed and home field with 2-1 over St. Mary's

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's soccer team clinched home field advantage and the top seed of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference championship tournament on Saturday with its 2-1 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Salisbury fell behind early with the first goal of the game coming off of the foot of St. Mary's Ryan Plaisance. Plaisance ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 21st minute, giving the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.

Junior midfielder Elliott Crompton capitalized on the Gulls' strong passing with the game-tying goal in the 40th minute of the half. Crompton darted into the box to take a pass from senior midfielder Pat Callahan and put away the score.

The teams went into halftime with the 1-1 tie. The Sea Gulls dominated the half on the stat sheet, outshooting St. Mary's, 10-4, and leading the corner kicks, 2-0.

The Sea Gulls broke the tie in the second half on Adrian Tombini's team-leading seventh goal of the season. Tombini took a pass from Callahan, who registered his second assist on the play, and planted the ball in the back of the net to give Salisbury the deciding goal.

Salisbury finished the game with 22 shots to the Seahawks 10 and attempted nine corner kicks. 

Senior goalkeeper John Vnenchak made two saves and played all 90 minutes on the way to his ninth victory of the season.

Salisbury will receive a first-round bye in the CAC tournament as the top seed.

The Gulls will be in action again in their last regular season game as they travel to Catholic University of America on Wednesday; the match is set for 3:30 p.m.

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