Miller scores game winner,claims MVP; Gulls take Seahawk Classic

Miller scores game winner,claims MVP; Gulls take Seahawk Classic

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- For the third time since 2009, the Salisbury University men's soccer team claimed the Seahawk Classic, after holding off Bridgewater (Va.) College, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. 

The Sea Gulls played another strong offensive match, putting up 23 shots against the Eagles compared to the nine shots for Bridgewater. The physical match remained close throughout, but the final goal was tallied late in the first half, where freshman back Kevin Miller placed the game winner in the back of the net. 

Junior forward Matt Greene started the match off for the Gulls with an unassisted finish placed in the lower right corner int he 14th minute.

Ten minutes later, the Eagles drew the match even off a well-placed ball by Max Chacon. The goal by Bridgewater is the first goal of the season given up by Salisbury. 

Late in the first half, Miller cashed in on the first goal of his collegiate career with the game winner, sealing the deal on another victory and first-place finish in a tournament this season. Miller's goal came off a flawless sent ball from the end line by senior midfielder Jake Perry

The defense put together another strong display, only giving up nine shots for the match, four on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli held on to his undefeated record of 5-0, collecting three saves for the game. 

For the tournament, Salisbury totaled 55 shots and only gave 12 attempts. The victory moves the Sea Gulls record to 5-0 for the season with two tournament championships. The last time the men went 5-0 to start the season was in 2009 when they began the schedule with a 7-0 launch. 

As the Seahawk Classic concluded, Miller was awarded with tournament MVP honors, as he notched the game-winning goal in today's match along with two assists in Saturday's match against Shenandoah University. 

Salisbury continues its road series Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Sea Gulls travel to New Jersey to match up with No. 18 University of Rutgers-Camden. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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