St. Mary's City, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team fell to Bridgewater College (Va.), 1-0, Saturday afternoon in the opener of the Seahawk Classic.
Despite another strong defensive effort from Salisbury and goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart's second straight five save game, the Sea Gulls were not able to find the back of the net, suffering their third 1-0 loss of the season.
Salisbury (1-3) got off to a quick start as Nick Njuki forced Bridgewater (1-2) keeper Quentin Boric to make a save less than three minutes into the match. The Sea Gulls kept up the pressure, getting off four shots before the Eagles could get off their first.
Bridgewater's first shot of the match was the difference maker though, as Alex Piro found an open Leo Alcantara on the left side of the box, who was able to sneak the ball past Brookhart with the outside of his right foot.
The Sea Gulls held a 7-3 shot advantage going into half, with Bridgewater taking three corner kicks to Salisbury's two.
The second half began just like the first, with Salisbury controlling the shot selection. Njuki, who led the Sea Gulls with two shots on goal and four total shots, had his shot attempt just 42 seconds into the half blocked.
Salisbury was able to get off seven more shots in the second half, but was unable to find the equalizer. The Sea Gulls nearly doubled the Eagles in shots, ending the game with a 14-8 advantage while also owning a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Boric kept the Gulls off the scoreboard as he saved all six shots he faced.
The Sea Gulls return to action on day two of the Seahawk Classic on Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. as they face Oglethorpe University.