SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team opened its 2016 campaign on the right foot as it used eight goals from six different scorers and displayed lock down defense en route to an 8-0 victory over Wilson College on Friday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex.
The Gulls got things started in just the third minute as Leslie Umunna was fed a long ball from back Nicholas Carrington. With two men in front of him and standing centered to the net from 30 yards out, Umunna beat the first defender and unleashed his shot to the high left side of the net before the second defender could close on him.
Brooks Zentgraf notched his first of the season soon after Umunna's as Brad Martinelli beat a defender near the top of the 18 before chopping a pass over to Zentgraf who quickly got the shot off from a close proximity to put Salisbury up 2-0.
To close out the first half scoring, the first of three players to get their first career goals in the maroon and gold struck as junior college transfer Colby Fell knocked home a loose ball off a corner kick that the Wilson College backline could not clear.
At the half, the Gulls were outshooting the Phoenix 8-1, however the one shot that Daniel Brennan saw from the Salisbury net in the first half would be the only one Salisbury conceded all game, en route to outshooting Wilson 28-1 as the starting backline of Fell, Carrington, Nathaniel Eiben, and Kevin Miller won most of the balls they were tested with and along with Brennan transitioned the ball up field all game with ease.
Umunna once again got the half going, curling one around the keeper in the 55th off a slip pass from freshman Dolph Hegewisch.
Hegewisch, just 48 seconds removed from his first collegiate point, stormed back to get his first career goal. Receiving the ball near the top of the 18, Hegewisch made a move around his defender and let go a low shot from inside the box for his first of the season.
Joshua Lord made it 6-0 with an empty netter before the freshmen fireworks continued from the Salisbury bench.
In the 82nd minute freshman Matthew Hawkins took the ball down the right side and threw it into the box and set Ryan Spadin up for the goal of his career, on his first collegiate goal. Eight yards away from the goal with his back to the net, Spadin waited for the cross to come his way chest high before unleashing a bicycle kick past the goalie.
Spadin added to his highlight reel less than five minutes later as freshman Kyle Munson moved it over to him as he was breaking toward the net inside the 18. With the keeper coming out to play the ball, Spadin chipped the ball well out of the reach of the goalie and it dropped in at a severe angle for the last goal of the game in the 85th minute.
Salisbury will now return to the field on Saturday, September 10 against Bridgewater (Va.) College at the Seahawk Classic at St. Mary's College of Maryland as the remainder of the Elmer Lord Soccer Classic has been cancelled due to impeding weather.