FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 25 Salisbury University men's soccer team went on the road to take on the University of Mary Washington and came away with a 4-2 Capital Athletic Conference win on a day where two Sea Gulls got their first career goal.
Salisbury (9-3-1, 4-0-1 CAC) notched its first tally 21 minutes into the contest when defender Nathaniel Eiben got a head on a ball from Michael Feeney, and put it home for his first career goal. The assist for Feeney was his first of the season.
Nine minutes later, and one minute after entering the game, Kendrick Michel connected for his first goal while wearing the maroon and gold to bring the Sea Gulls' lead to 2-0.
The Salisbury defense was once again impenetrable in the first half. The Eagles did not get their first shot on net until the 44th minute and keeper Drew Staedeli turned it aside to keep the Eagles off the board. In the last three games for Salisbury, the opponents have combined for two shots on net in the first half. Both of those shots on net came with less than two minutes remaining in the half of that game.
At the end of the first half, Salisbury had six shots, with five of them going on target.
Early in the second half, Eiben continued his hot streak and put another home for his second of the game, his season, and his career. Last game, Eiben showed signs of an offensive outburst to come, when he almost scored the game winner versus Marymount (Va.) University on two separate occasions, and tied a career high with three shots. With the multiple-goal game, Eiben is the first player to notch a multi-goal game for the Sea Gulls all season and the first since Benjamin Aryeetey did so on September 24, 2014 versus Roanoke College last season.
Despite the 4-0 lead for Salisbury, the Eagles (10-5, 3-3 CAC) fought hard to chip away at the large deficit. In the 71st, Jack Saslowski scored off an assist from Mitchell Williams.
Seven minutes later, Robert Tata put one past Staedeli. Christian Trout would be credited with the assist, and the Eagles would cut the Sea Gull's lead to 4-2.
Salisbury would withstand the Eagles' attack the rest of the match to secure its fourth CAC win on the season.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, October 21 when it goes on the road to take on No. 13 Christopher Newport University. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.