Late-game goal by Poorman advances Gulls to CAC final

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University men's soccer team extended its winning streak to 12 games and bought its ticket to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship, defeating Frostburg State University, 1-0, in the semifinal match Wednesday afternoon.

Late-game heroics by junior captain Stephen Poorman put the Sea Gulls on the board with under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Salisbury (17-2) was awarded a free kick on the right side of the 18-yard box after a foul blew the play dead in the 81st minute. Junior forward Tanner East took the honors and placed a flawless cross to the backside post where the ball met the foot of Poorman. The Stroudsburg, Pa., native blasted a hard-lined ball past Bobcats' goalkeeper Hassan Mostafa from two-yards out to put the Gulls on the scoreboard. Along with the game winner, Poorman recorded five shots, four on goal, through his 90 minutes of play.

Salisbury saw many opportunities throughout the game, but Mostafa pulled in eight saves before the Gulls found the back of the net late in the second period. For the match, SU totaled 17 shots, nine on goal, while Frostburg made eight attempts, one on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli added another victory to his record, moving him into sole position of second place in program history with 17 wins through an individual season. The backline led by senior Chase Humphrey, held strong, leaving Staedeli to pull in only one attempt for the game. The outstanding defensive performance added the 14th shutout of the season to Salisbury's record.

The men now head into the championship match set for Saturday, Nov. 9, here at the SU Soccer Complex. As the top seed, Salisbury will host second-seeded York (Pa.) College after the Spartans advanced past Christopher Newport University in penalty kicks, 2-2 (3-1), to move to the finals. Check back for the game time at www.suseagulls.com, as the information becomes available.

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