SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team got back into the win column with a 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory over visiting Marymount (Va.) University on Wednesday afternoon.
The win gives Salisbury (5-6-1, 2-3 CAC) its fourth home victory of the season as the SU Soccer Complex has not seen the Gulls come away with any other decision this season. Salisbury averages 1.67 goals scored per game and 0.88 goals against per game this season. However, at the SU Soccer Complex those numbers are 3.50 goals per game and a perfect 0.00 goals against average.
The game's first chance came after Robert Fiackos attempted to clear a loose ball that didn't get out of danger. He got caught deep outside his net and Ahmed El-manialawy had a look from 30 yards out on the empty net that he rang off the crossbar.
Fiackos ended the day with three stops and picked up his third shutout of the season.
Following the Saint's (2-9-2, 0-5 CAC) look in the fourth minute it would be all Sea Gulls going forward.
In the 12 minute Tyler Andrus curled a ball into the box where a leaping Brooks Zentgraf was able to get a great header on net. However, Marymount goalkeeper John Valciak who was playing up from the goal line but made an athletic play on the ball, diving back to his right and getting a finger on it to keep the Gulls off the board.
Minutes later Salisbury tacked on its first tally of the day. Following a corner kick, Nicholas Carrington was the recipient of a loose ball near the top of the 18 to the right of the net. Carrington got the shot off quick and buried it beating the keeper near post.
Both Zentgraf and Daniel Kim also had great looks on a pair of rocket shots in the first half, but the Gulls' best opportunity came in the 42nd minute as Matthew Hawkins slipped a through pass to Ryan Spadin who had just the keeper to beat. Spadin made a move around the keeper and took a shot but a Saint defender hustled back and cleared the ball off the goal line inches before crossing.
Salisbury continued to controll the pace of play in the second half and was able to add onto its lead.
Dolph Hegewisch padded his team lead in goals as the freshman got a cross in from Zentgraf that he headed to the far side of the net to notch his sixth goal of the season. The goal brings his season point total to 14 which is good for fifth best in the CAC.
Salisbury almost made it a 3-0 lead late in the game as Brad Martinelli had a great chance. Getting the ball down the right side, he cut it back to beat his man but the keeper was able to run out and smoother the ball before the captain could notch a marker.
Overall, the Sea Gulls outshot the Saints, 13-8 en route to their second CAC win of the season.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, October 15 when it will host its senior day against Frostburg State University. That match is set to begin at 1 p.m.