YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's soccer traveled to York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon for a Capital Athletic Conference match. The Spartans netted three second-half goals to sink the Gulls, 3-1.
The Gulls (6-8-1, 3-5 CAC) got their first good look at the net in the 17th minute when Nathaniel Eiben received a pass near the top of the 18 as the Gulls were pushing the attack. Eiben took one step in and let his shot go and had the keeper beat but he missed the net narrowly to the left.
The Gulls cracked the scoring open in the 31st as they drew a foul on the edge of the 18 and Nicholas Carrington was chosen to take the penalty kick. Carrington deceptively approached the ball and got the keeper to dive left before depositing the ball into the right-side netting.
The goal is Carrington's third penalty kick goal this season, doing so on just three tries. Carrington is second on the team in goals with five, despite playing as a back.
At the half, besides the Carrington marker, neither team's defense was tested much in the opening stanza. Each team had just one shot on goal and the Gulls laid claim to the lone corner kick.
The Spartans (7-7-2, 4-3-1 CAC) got the equalizer early on in the second half as a Gull foul near half let the Spartans loft a free kick into the 18. With the ball bouncing around, Joel Teston was able to boot it home from the doorstep to tie the game, 1-1 in the 54th minute.
The long ball hurt the Gulls again as another lofted ball from dead center went into the 18 and the Gulls fouled the Spartan player in the box. Ryan Ockford took the penalty kick and put it to the left side of the net past Daniel Brennan as he dove right. The penalty kick goal gave York a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute.
The third Spartan tally came as they had a free kick 25 yards from Brennan and Chris Hobbs buried it to the low left portion of the net, putting York up 3-1 in the 76th minute.
The Gulls maintained the majority of possession down the stretch and had a few good chances but could not cut into the Spartan lead.
The Spartans controlled much of the second-half play as they put the only four shots on goal and were awarded the only three corner kicks in the closing period.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m., on the road against CAC opponent, Wesley College to round out the regular season schedule.