Gulls fall in CAC championship, 1-0, to Spartans

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University men's soccer team fell, 1-0, in the Capital Athletic Conference championship match Saturday afternoon to No. 16 York College of Pennsylvania.

The Spartans (17-2-1) connected early, scoring the lone goal in the 11th minute of the match. Senior Chris Weaver, with the ball on the right side of the 18-yard box, crossed in a pass to the backside post for a header finish by senior Jake Hower.

Salisbury (17-3) went into the half outshooting York, 6-5, with a header in the 39th minute by junior forward Benjamin Aryeetey seeing the highest hope. Junior forward Matt Greene sent in a lofted cross from the top right of the 18-yard box for a header in the middle by Aryeetey. The ball redirected just wide left for a goal kick by the Spartans.

The second half began with a strong offensive charge by York, putting on five shots, two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli held strong through the second half, making six saves.

With less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Gulls saw their best opportunity all match off a corner kick by Greene. The Rockville, Md., native played the ball into the mix where junior defender Logan Becker made a strong header attempt, forcing York goalkeeper Brad Schmidt to dive on the save.

York outshot Salisbury, 19-9, for the match, while the Spartans collected 17 fouls through 90 minutes of play to the Sea Gulls' 14.

The loss snaps a 12-game winning streak for the Sea Gulls, as they now await the announcement of the NCAA soccer tournament bracket set to be declared on Monday, Nov. 11. Check back at www.suseagulls.com for more information as it becomes available.

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