CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team had to come from behind on Wednesday night to defeat Eastern Shore-foe Washington College as two unanswered tallies would be the difference in a 2-1 victory.
The Shoremen (1-1) got on the board first, as Ryan Duffy redirected a free kick into the back of the net for a 1-0 Washington lead in just the 10th minute of play.
Salisbury (3-0) would battle back, able to tie the game before heading to halftime. Sophomore defender Chase Humphrey took a rip from 90 feet out and was able to find the back of the net for his first collegiate score, tying the game at 1-1 just three minutes before the break.
Salisbury held an 8-5 edge on shots in the first 45 minutes and had three corner kick chances to none for the Shoremen. After halftime, the Gulls continued to attack the Washington defense, firing off 17 shots in the closing 45 minutes, putting 10 on frame. The offensive push paid off in the 79th minute as Salisbury was awarded a penalty kick. Humphrey was not done with one goal, stepping up and calmly putting the ball in the net for the 2-1 lead.
Salisbury held off all six of Washington's shots in the second half to protect the lead. Junior goalkeeper John Vnenchak turned away five shots in the match to earn the win.
Salisbury will return to the pitch this weekend, as the Sea Gulls travel to St. Mary's City, Md., for the Seahawk Classic. Salisbury will take on Ursinus College on Saturday and Franklin & Marshall College on Sunday.