ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men's soccer team dropped its first match of 2012 in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Bridgewater (Va.) College at the St. Mary's (Md.) Classic.
The Sea Gulls got on the board first with an early goal but were unable to hold the lead, despite holding Bridgewater to only eight shots in the game.
Senior midfielder Jimmy Mundy netted his first goal of the season in the 18th minute to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead early in the game. Junior forward Trevor Sharpe helped out with an assist on the play.
Salisbury held the lead until the 35th minute when midfielder Ryan Tavernaris scored for the Eagles to tie the game, 1-1. The goal was the first goal given up by the Gulls' defense this season. Until that goal, the Sea Gull defense boasted an impressive shut-out streak that lasted 395 minutes and 47 seconds to start the season.
The teams took the tie into the half, and the Gulls went into the break leading the shooting margin, 14-2.
During the second half, the teams stayed tied for the first 26 minutes before Bridgewater took the lead, 2-1, on a goal by forward Sawyer Janes.
Despite being the better team on paper by outshooting the Eagles 26-8 and registering more corner kicks, 10-2, the Sea Gulls were unable to capitalize on any more chances in the match.
Senior goalkeeper John Vnenchak took the loss while making one save.
Salisbury will look to rebound on the road as the Gulls travel to Woodbridge, Va. for a neutral-site contest against Lynchburg College on Wednesday; the match is set for 4:30 p.m.