Hofmeister tallies game-winner as Sea Gulls top Shoremen

Hofmeister tallies game-winner as Sea Gulls top Shoremen

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team extended its winning streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over visiting Washington (Md.) College on Wednesday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls (5-1) got their first chance nearly nine minutes in as Ryan Spadin got a quality shot on goal, but the Shoremen (2-2-1) goalkeeper punched it away with an outstretched hand.

Washington countered with an opportunity of its own, creating a corner kick. After the play developed following the corner kick, Kyle Kirwan had a good chance at goal, but his shot was turned away by a diving Trevor Brookhart.

Spadin created another opportunity in the 14th minute off a shot from the top of the box, but Washington goalkeeper Gavin Campbell returned the favor with a diving save of his own.

Spadin paced the Sea Gulls with three shots in the first half, as Salisbury doubled up the Shoremen 6-3, but neither team could find the back of the net.

Salisbury nearly got a break to start the second half as a Washington defender attempted to clear a ball but mishit it, ricocheting off the crossbar.

The maroon and gold dominated play in the opening part of the second half, recording the first six shots of the frame. Dylan Parks had a great chance to break the scoreless tie in the 68th minute as a ball rolled to him in the box, but his shot was too strong, sailing over the net.

Trent Hofmeister broke the tie with the first goal of his Salisbury career in the 81st minute. Kevin Eriksen's free kick bounced off the crossbar and Hofmeister was there to put away the rebound for the 1-0 advantage.

Hofmeister did his part on the defensive end as well, as the unit allowed just six shots in the game. Brookhart was required to make just two saves in the game for his fourth shutout of the season.

Salisbury is back in action on Saturday, September 15 as it travels to face Misericordia University. The Sea Gulls and Cougars are scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m.

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