SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team collected its third shutout and third victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon, claiming a 1-0 win against Washington (Md.) College.
The physical affair, which featured 24 fouls and three yellow cards, was even in the first few minutes with one shot for each team, but it was the Sea Gulls who struck first, getting the game's only tally in the 35th minute.
Freshman Dolph Hegewisch lofted a ball from 35 yards out as he came down the right sideline. The effort curled over Washington goalkeeper Josh Samuels, who was playing out in front of the cage, and found the left side of the goal for the 1-0 lead and the second goal of Hegewisch's career.
The Shoremen attacked in the closing minutes of the opening half getting four shots, three of which were on target, in the final eight minutes of play, but the Sea Gull defense held firm.
Washington held a 6-3 edge in shots in the first 45 minutes of play and earned the opening period's only corner kick.
In the second half, the Shoremen turned up the offensive pressure looking for the equalizer. Just five minutes into the second period, Chris Lewandowski found a spot just behind Salisbury goalkeeper Robert Fiackos near the right post and tried to send a cross in front, but the Sea Gull defense cleared the try.
The best scoring chance for Washington in the closing 45 minutes came with 35 minutes showing on the clock. A long cross from the left side sailed toward Brian Wilkinson just outside of the right post. Fiackos had a line on the ball, but it just carried above his outstretched hand.
Wilkinson attempted to control the ball, which likely would have led to an easy score, but the ball went off his chest and over the end line for a goal kick.
Salisbury just missed out on an insurance tally in the closing six minutes, with Salisbury junior forward Brooks Zentgraf taking control in the midfield and just skipping the ball over the foot of the last defender. He brought the ball to the top of the box in a two-on-one with Kendrick Michel against Samuels. Zentgraf dished the ball to Michel to his right, but Samuels was able to get a fingertip on the shot deflecting it just wide to the right.
The Sea Gulls would get two corner kicks after that, but come up empty.
The Salisbury defense, led by Fiackos stood up the test, recording the team's third shutout of the year. Fiackos turned away five shots in the match, with one defensive save for the Sea Gulls in the mix as the Shoremen outshot Salisbury 13-9.
Salisbury hits the road for its next two matches, playing at Neumann University on Saturday, September 17 and at Eastern University on Tuesday, September 20.