Eriksen’s two goals lift Salisbury over Neumann

SALISBURY, Md. – After an hour and 17-minute lightning delay to start the game, the Salisbury University men's soccer team picked up a 3-0 non-conference win over visiting Neumann University on Tuesday.

The Knights (1-1-1) and Sea Gulls (2-1) went back and forth before Salisbury started to take control of the possession battle. The maroon and gold broke the 0-0 tie as Robbie Budd sent a ball through the box from the right side, making its way through traffic in the middle. The ball found Kevin Eriksen wide open on the left, who tapped the pass in for a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.

The Sea Gull defense held Neumann to just three shots in the first half, including only one on goal. Salisbury doubled the Knights up in both departments, getting off six shots with two coming on net.

The beginning of the second half saw plenty of fouls before either team could get into a groove offensively.

Salisbury recorded its first shot of the second half just over 14 minutes in. The shot came off the foot of Eriksen, who ripped a shot from 25 yards out and found the bottom left corner of the net for his second goal of the day.

The Sea Gulls kept the pressure on, creating quality chances from Cullen Myers and Peter Gutoskey.

Gutoskey eventually converted in the 74th minute, curling in a shot from just outside the 18 that grazed the Neumann goalkeeper's fingertips.

Trevor Brookhart was forced to make just three saves on the night, recording his second shutout in as many games.

Salisbury travels to St. Mary's City, Maryland for the Seahawk Classic this coming weekend. The Sea Gulls will first take on Bridgewater (Va.) College on Saturday, September 8 at 4 p.m.  

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