ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – An early Oglethorpe University goal was the difference maker Sunday afternoon as the Salisbury University men's soccer team fell 1-0 to the Stormy Petrels in the second and final game of the Seahawk Classic.
Salisbury (1-4) and Oglethorpe (4-0) exchanged shots in the early going before the Stormy Petrels broke through. Devon Patterson sent a pass into the box while Ryan Marcano was waiting just inside the penalty marker to tap the ball past a diving Trevor Brookhart for a goal. The tally came just 6:03 into the match.
The early goal would be all the Stormy Petrels needed, handing the Sea Gulls their fourth loss of the season, all of which have come by a 1-0 score.
Oglethorpe controlled the offense for most of the first half, outshooting Salisbury 10-3 in the half and holding a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Momentum shifted in the second half as the Sea Gull defense, anchored by seniors Michael Kramer, Colby Fell, and Nick Carrington, remained stout, holding the Stormy Petrels off the scoreboard for the final 84 minutes of the game. Oglethorpe managed to get off just three shots and one corner kick in the second half. Despite the 13 total shots in the game, the Stormy Petrels got just five on frame, with Trevor Brookhart saving four of them.
The Salisbury offense was not able to generate much more offense in the second half as it attempted four shots and two corner kicks. Sophomore Alex Eiben and senior Brooks Zentgraf led the Sea Gulls with two shots each.
The Sea Gulls will look to pick up a win in the Eastern Shore rivalry against Washington (Md.) College as they travel to Chestertown, Maryland to face the Shoremen on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m.