DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 2-1 win at Wesley College on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines would get on the board first, but a spirited effort by the maroon and gold vaulted the Gulls to victory.
In the 11th minute Wesley's Patrick Schlosser floated a pass from just inside the Wolverines' (3-11-2, 1-8 CAC) offensive half into Will Mileski. Mileski got behind the Gulls backline and beat keeper Daniel Brennan to the ball at the top of the 18 by a split second and got a foot on the ball. The ball flew up and arched back down into the net to give Wesley the lead, 1-0.
After the early tally for Wesley, Salisbury (7-8-1, 4-5 CAC) controlled the pace for the rest of the half and the possession paid its dividends.
Salisbury answered back in the 23rd with a goal similar to Wesley's. Brad Martinelli had the ball just inside the Gulls' offensive end and lofted a high ball that forced the Wesley keeper to come out to play the pass. Kendrick Michel and the keeper got to the ball at the same time just outside the 18 and Michel was able to gain possession of the ball and use his body to free himself to put home the empty net tally.
Salisbury continued to control the game after the equalizer and out shot Wesley, 5-3, in the opening period, putting three shots on target. Wesley finished the first half with three shots including two shots on net, both coming in the 11th minute.
Brennan was tested by Wesley early in the second half as it had four shots in the opening 10 minutes of the half; including two that Brennan made saves on. He would end the day with four stops.
Within those opening 10 minutes on the second half, Brennan had a two minute sequence where he broke up a Wesley cross off a free kick, punching the ball out of traffic, then soon after made a full extension diving stop.
Brennan would be immediately rewarded on the other end.
Martinelli had the ball for a throw in and quickly found Nicholas Carrington down the left side of the attacking zone. Carrington played the ball into the box to Michel who was 12 yards out from the cage and put a strong header past the keeper to the right-side netting to put his team up 2-1 in the 59th.
The two goal performance is Michel's second of the year as he has four goals this season, both coming on two-goal games.
Wesley's offense started turning again after the Michel goal. However, with one last look in the waning seconds, Brennan punched a cross that was fed into the crowded box away to seal the 2-1 victory.
The win is Salisbury's first road win of the season and it could not have come at a better time.
Salisbury's playoff fate is now in the hands of Southern Virginia University. SVU takes on Frostburg State University tomorrow afternoon and the Gulls need a SVU victory to continue into the CAC postseason.