SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University men's soccer team takes on the Pride of Greensboro College at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 16, from SU Soccer Complex, as the Gulls begin their road to the NCAA national championship.
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How we got here
Salisbury earned an at-large bid to the tournament after advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference championship match against York College of Pennsylvania.
How they got here
Greensboro earned an automatic bid to the tournament after defeating the top seed in their conference, Methodist University, 2-1 to claim the USA South title.
The two programs have clashed on the pitch 15 times since 1993, with the Pride holding a 9-5-1 edge over the Sea Gulls. Salisbury has claimed the last two meetings between the two teams, with the most recent in 2010. Greensboro has outscored SU through 15 meetings recording 26 goals to the Gulls' 22, but Salisbury has found the back of the net eight times to the Pride's two in the past two contests.
The last time we met
Salisbury's most recent encounter with Greensboro was on September 12, 2010, in the St. Mary's College Classic in St. Mary's City, Md. The Sea Gulls shutout the Pride, 3-0, in the final match of the tournament, being announced the classic champion at the conclusion of the contest.
The Sea Gull men's soccer program is making its 11th overall NCAA tournament appearance, and first since 2011. The Sea Gulls are 7-7-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 2004. In 2011, Salisbury hosted the first-round match against Neumann University drawing a 0-0 tie through two overtime periods. The Knights would advance to the next round, defeating the Sea Gulls 5-4 in penalty kicks.
The Pride are entering the NCAA tournament after receiving an automatic bid prior to claiming the conference title in the USA South. In the championship match on Nov. 8, Greensboro defeated Methodist University, 2-1. Riding a five-game winning streak into the national tournament, the Pride have recorded 41 goals for the season with 28 being assisted. Greensboro is led by freshmen Shaun Watt and Kyle Giscombe. Watt has tallied nine goals and two assists, while Giscombe has put together 15 points on five goal and five assists.
With a win in this match, the Sea Gulls would advance to play the winner of the first-round match between Messiah College and Centenary (N.J.) College on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at SU Soccer Complex.