SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team took on Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg in a Homecoming match on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls dropped a 1-0 decision to the Lions in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Penn State Harrisburg (9-5, 2-2 CAC) would strike first in the 23rd minute after Justin Elnahrawy found Ethan Hoover at the top of the box, who curled a shot into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
The visitors nearly added another goal in the 34th minute as Victor Weaver's shot deflected off a defender and hit the crossbar before going out of bounds. Both teams attempted four shots and two corner kicks in the first half.
The Sea Gulls dominated possession in the second half, with several chances on net. Matthew Zimmerman's free kick 11 minutes into the half trickled through the box and out of bounds before anybody could get a foot on it. Hegewisch nearly put one in the back of the net in the 61st minute as his header in front of the net bounced and went just over the crossbar.
Sophomore Matt Hawkins provided another opportunity as he weaved through three defenders and found Joseph Scarpinato, but Scarpinato's shot was saved by Penn State Harrisburg keeper Hunter Cooper. Zimmerman had another free kick opportunity from just outside the box in the 75th minute, but his shot was punched away on a diving save by Cooper.
Penn State Harrisburg's first and only shot of the second half did not come until there were less than seven minutes left in the game, as the Salisbury offense controlled the ball on the opposite side of the field for much of the half. The Sea Gulls held a 13-5 advantage in shots and 6-3 edge in corner kicks for the game. The Lions' only shot on goal would be the difference maker in the game.
Salisbury travels to Arlington, Virginia to take on Marymount University on Wednesday, October 11. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.