SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team hosted the University of Mary Washington at Sea Gull Stadium on Sunday afternoon and fell 1-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The game opened up as a back-and-forth affair with both sides splitting the possession in what would be an intense game throughout.
The Eagles (7-2, 2-0 CAC) got the first promising look when Ryan Van Maanen took the game's first shot in the 21st minute from just outside the 18 that was labeled for just inside the left post. Keeper Daniel Brennan exploded to his right and tipped the ball out of bounds with an outstretched arm.
With the squads trading blows, Salisbury (4-3-1, 1-1 CAC) got its first noteworthy look when Dolph Hegewisch had a free kick from 40 yards from the Mary Washington cage. The freshman curled a ball to the back post that was just out of the reach of Kendrick Michel who was streaking down.
From there it looked as if the teams were headed into halftime with neither squad getting another good look until the Eagles had a last minute push to make things interesting.
Jacob Burke was the recipient of a long ball over the Gulls' back line and unleashed a hard shot with 22 seconds left in the half from inside the 18 that Brennan dove to and smothered into his midsection quelling any rebound hopes for the Eagles.
At the break, both sides had three shots, but Salisbury sat with zero shots on goal.
In the 57th minute, following a scrum in front of the Salisbury net, a Salisbury defender was whistled for a foul in the box and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty dot.
The Eagles went with Christian Trout for the penalty kick and he buried it with a solid strike with his left foot to the inside right-side netting to put the Eagles up 1-0.
The tally ended a streak of over 275 minutes that Brennan had played in cage without allowing a goal.
With the Gulls in need of an equalizer they went to work and constantly tested the Eagle defense.
One close look came in 78th minute as Hegewisch beat his mark from the left side of the 18 and tried to go short side with a hard, curved shot with his right foot. Eagle keeper Matt Spencer went full extension and snagged the ball out of the air just before sneaking inside the left post.
The Gulls kept pressing till the end, sending numerous balls deep into Eagle territory and getting good looks.
An intense close to the game did not bring about the desired result however as the late push came just short and the Gulls fell, 1-0.
A testament to the late effort put forth by Salisbury, they ended the game with 12 shots, with seven of them following the Mary Washington score.
In net, Brennan took the loss despite notching six saves. Spencer took the win for Mary Washington, stopping three shots.