WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team traveled to the nation's capital to take on the Catholic University of America, and a tally in double overtime brought the Gulls down, 1-0.
The match started off with both sides getting their fair share of opportunities as Catholic got its first shot on Robert Fiackos in just the second minute, while the Gulls got their own just minutes later.
The up-and-down contest had the Gulls (4-6-1) get the first major chance as Brooks Zentgraf found his way behind the Cardinals' (6-7) back line and with defenders closing in had just the keeper to beat. Zentgraf made a move to his left, but the move let the defender gain ground. Fading away from the empty net with pressure, Zentgraf put his left-footed attempt inches over the crossbar.
Another exciting opportunity came as the Gulls had a throw in just 15 yards inside their offensive half and Kevin Miller powered a throw that went bouncing into the 18. Ryan Spadin volleyed the ball on net with a powerful shot that keeper Steven Luckas made a sprawling save on to keep the teams knotted at zero with time winding down in the opening half.
At the half Salisbury led in shots, 11-7, while they also had three corner kicks without conceding one to the Cardinals.
The second half played similar to the first with each team getting numerous opportunities, looking to tally the game's first goal.
In the last two minutes of regulation each team looked as if they were going to get the decisive marker.
Kendrick Michel was the recipient of a misplayed ball by the Cardinal keeper and got a close-range shot off before the defender could charge in, but the try was turned aside.
Catholic went on the attack immediately following Michel's chance and got a shot, centered to the net from inside that 18 that Fiackos dove to his left and controlled to keep the Cardinals off the board.
The save for Fiackos was his seventh as the Cardinals had 17 shots at the end of regulation. Salisbury boasted 18 of its own, including putting eight on target.
The goal for the Cardinals would come in the 105th minute as Patrick Morgan finished his shot from 17 yards out that was redirected and found the left side of the net.
Fiackos took the loss despite a career-high eight saves on the day. Luckas got the win for Catholic, also stopping eight shots.
The Gulls return to play on Wednesday, October 12 when they will host Marymount (Va.) University at 4 p.m.