PREVIEW: Men's Soccer set for rubber match at York in CAC First Round

PREVIEW: Men's Soccer set for rubber match at York in CAC First Round

SALISBURY, Md.- The fifth-seeded Salisbury University men's soccer team will travel to York to take on the fourth-seeded Spartans in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament First Round on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m.






  • The Sea Gulls ended the regular season with a record of 9-8-1 overall and 4-6 in the CAC.
  • Salisbury earned two wins over Southern Virginia and split the season series with St. Mary's and York to earn the five seed in the tournament.
  • The Sea Gulls finished the last four regular-season games 2-2 to rebound after a four-game losing streak.


  • During the regular season, the Spartans went 8-8-2 overall and 4-6 in the CAC in the regular season.
  • York split the series with Mary Washington and Salisbury while beating St. Mary's twice in their season to secure the four seed.
  • The Spartans lost three of the last four games leading up to the tournament, including a 1-0 loss on Oct. 16 given to them by the Sea Gulls.


  • Zion Friday has scored eight goals this season which is ranked fourth in the CAC. Friday also has seventeen points on the season, which puts him fifth in the conference.
  • Keith Witherell tallied four assists during the regular season, which is the most on the team.
  • Travis Gould has four goals this season which is second-best on the team.
  • Four Spartans have scored two goals while seven players have contributed one goal during the regular season.
  • Goalie Billy Bridegum is ranked fifth in the conference with a .750 goals-against average.
  • In eighteen games, the Spartans have tallied .462 shots on goal average with 122 of their shots being on goal. Also, York recorded a .102 shot percentage averaging 14.7 shots per game.


  • The Spartans and Sea Gulls saw each other not too long ago on October 16. Salisbury claimed the 1-0 victory over York to tie the series after losing to the Spartans only a week earlier (Oct. 9), 1-0.
  • In the Oct. 9 meeting, McClain Smith scored the lone goal from an assist by Danny Morgan. Salisbury led in shots 10-8 and attempted eight corner kicks to York's five. Goalkeeper Josh Knappes recorded five saves to Ashton Carey's two
  • In the Oct. 16 matchup, an unassisted Sea Gull goal by Cullen Myers secured the 1-0 win. York's goalie, Josh Knappes recorded six saves while Salisbury's Gabe Dunn recorded five. Salisbury led in shots, 12-9, and both teams attempted three corner kicks.


The Offense

  • Dolph Hegewisch led the Sea Gulls throughout the season posting four goals and five assists for thirteen points this season. The five assists ranked fourth-most in the CAC.
  • Sophomore Cullen Myers is not far behind Hegewisch with twelve points on four goals and four assists. Myers is ranked fifth in the conference in assists.
  • Hegewisch and Myers are joined by George Fotiou and Josh Woozley who have each tallied four goals for the Sea Gulls.
  • Matt Hawkins and Kevin Eriksen have added three goals while Luke Ahalt and Ryan Spadin have added two.
  • Quincy Tyler has had the ability to share the ball very well for the Sea Gulls with three assists on the season.

The Defense

  • With the constant change in goalies, the strong Sea Gull defense has been led by Seniors Alex Eiben, Trent Hofmeister and Kyle Munson who are joined by Junior Matt Mackenzie consistently throughout the season.
  • The defense has only allowed twenty-one goals to be scored by their opponents which ranks them fourth in the CAC with 1.15 goals-against average.
  • The Sea Gulls have also completed four shutouts which also ranks them fourth in the CAC.

The Goalies

  • The Sea Gulls have put four of their five goalies in net throughout the season.
  • Freshman goalie Ryan Miller is ranked sixth in the CAC with thirty-two saves in ten games. Miller's classmate, Gabe Dunn sits seventh in the league with twenty-three saves in six games.
  • Senior Sam Roy and freshman Ashton Carey each saw time in three games this season. Both Carey and Roy notched a pair of saves.

Weekly Honors

  • Two Sea Gulls earned CAC Player of the Week awards this season.
  • During the week of September 23, freshman keeper Ryan Miller earned CAC Defensive Player of the Week awards when he posted ten saves in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Messiah.
  • The week of October 21, senior midfielder Ryan Spadin collected CAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades after his overtime game-winning goal against St. Mary's. Spadin's goal came in the first two minutes of overtime when he headed the ball off a corner kick by John Ford.


The winner of Saturday's match will move the CAC Semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and travel to Newport News, Va. to take on the top-seeded No. 21 Christopher Newport Captains. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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