BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team went into Saturday's match against Southern Virginia University looking to extend two streaks, a win streak and shutout streak. With goals by juniors Stephen Poorman and Tanner East and freshman Nathan Mattola, the Sea Gulls did just that, defeating the Knights, 3-0.
The victory extends the Sea Gulls (11-2, 3-0 CAC) win and shutout streak to six games.
No time was wasted when the first whistle blew to start the game, as Salisbury found the back of the net twice in the opening seven minutes. East opened up the scoring at the 2:38 mark. Senior midfielder Elliott Crompton crossed a ball into the 18-yard box where East connected for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Just under four minutes later, Poorman tallied his fourth of the season, placing a pass across the middle by senior midfielder Jake Perry into the back of the goal.
SU took the momentum into halftime taking 15 shots for the period and not allowing the Knights (0-12-1) any opportunities.
In the 65th minute, midfielder Mattola capitalized on his first collegiate goal, blasting home a deflected shot on the right side of the box.
The defense showed no hesitation for the task at hand, only allowing two shots for the match, one on goal. With an all-around team effort, the Sea Gulls extend their consecutive scoreless streak to 540 minutes. Sophomore Drew Staedeli collected his 11th win playing the first 45 minutes of the match. Junior Nial Krach took over in goal for the second half, tallying one save.
Offensively, Salisbury recorded 28 shots by 15 different players, 16 on goal, and took 18 corners to Southern Virginia's three.
The men travel to Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, October 16, for their next contest, taking on the Marymount University Saints in a Capital Athletic Conference clash. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m., from Long Bridge Park.