SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team scored late to pull even with York College of Pennsylvania and earn a 1-1 tie in a thrilling Capital Athletic Conference match on Senior Day at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Salisbury (6-8-1, 2-3-1 CAC) wasted little time putting the pressure on the York defense, as Brooks Zentgraf sent in a cross to Dolph Hegewisch, whose header was saved by York keeper Billy Bridegum just 23 seconds into the game. The York offense countered with a Zion Friday shot, but Salisbury keeper Trevor Brookhart was there to make a diving save.
The Spartans (5-7-2, 3-2-1 CAC) would get on the board in the 21st minute as Chris Hobbs took a shot from 30 yards out and found the bottom left corner of the net to make it a 1-0 game.
The Sea Gulls would continue to put the pressure on Bridegum, with Nick Njuki and Nick Carrington both forcing him to make a diving save in the latter stages of the first half. The maroon and gold held a 14-8 advantage in shots and 7-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first frame.
Salisbury's first opportunity in the second half came as the ball was bouncing around in the box in the 60th minute, but after York cleared the ball it bounced to Hegewisch, who ripped a shot that sailed just high. The Sea Gulls had another chance in the 70th minute as Ryan Spadin received a pass in the box and attempted a bicycle kick, but Bridegum was there for the save.
The Sea Gulls were finally able to break through in the 84th minute after a York defender misplayed the ball, allowing Spadin to head it in and tie the game, 1-1.
Salisbury kept the pressure on in the final minutes of the second half, looking for the game winner. Zentgraf had a nice strike on the ball, but Bridegum was able to get a hand on it to force it out of bounds. With 27 seconds left in regulation, Alex Eiben's header hit the crossbar following a free kick, sending the game to overtime tied 1-1. The Sea Gulls outshot the Spartans 11-2 in the second half and held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
Salisbury nearly found the game winner 7:30 into the first overtime period as Matthew Zimmerman sent a corner kick into the box and found Zentgraf, but a defensive save near the far post kept Zentgraf's shot out of the net. The Sea Gulls attempted four straight corner kicks, but were not able to get off any shots. The first overtime period saw Salisbury take a total of five corner kicks to York's one, with the Sea Gulls attempting two shots and the Spartans none.
The second overtime period saw another defensive save by York at the near post, this time on a Colby Fell shot following a Hegewisch corner kick. Neither team could find the game winner, with York holding a 3-1 advantage in shots in the second overtime period and Salisbury taking the only corner kick. Overall, Salisbury outshot York 28-13 and held a 16-3 advantage in corner kicks, forcing Bridegum to make 13 saves on the day. Brookhart made two saves for the Sea Gulls in the match.
Salisbury will hit the road to face Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m.