SALISBURY, Md. – Four Sea Gulls recorded goals, as the No. 15 Salisbury University men's soccer team advanced past Greensboro College, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament.
Salisbury (18-3) entered the game looking to rebound after a tough 1-0 loss last Saturday in the Capital Athletic Conference championship against York (Pa.) College, and it did just that, scoring three goals in the first half, all within five minutes of play.
Junior captain Stephen Poorman started things off in the 24th minute for the Sea Gulls, receiving a pass at the top of the 18-yard box by junior forward Matt Greene. Poorman chested the pass and volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The game winner was his seventh goal of the season, while Greene's helper was his seventh as well.
Senior midfielder Larry Cornish put in his contributions four minutes later, recording his third goal of the season. Salisbury was awarded a free kick at the top, left side of the 18-yard box after a foul blew the play dead. Senior midfielder Jake Perry sent in a lofted cross to the backside where Cornish redirected the pass for a header finish.
A turnover off the restart proved costly for the Pride (13-6-2), as the Sea Gulls charged the opposite way to find goal just 50 seconds later. Perry sent a ball up the line to a bolting Benjamin Aryeetey. The junior forward carried the ball up the left side of the field playing a lined ball into the 18-yard box, where senior forward Trevor Sharpe made a diving header to finish the offensive charge. The goal was Sharpe's fifth of the season.
Taking the momentum into the half and a 3-0 lead, Salisbury outshot Greensboro, 9-3.
Perry, with two assists in the first half, stayed hungry in the start of the final 45 minutes, scoring the fourth goal of the game one minute into the second period. Junior Tanner East played a flawless pass into the middle of the box, where Perry connected on a low shot past Greensboro goalkeeper Manbi Nyepon. On the day, the West Deptford, N.J., native collected four points on a goal and two assists.
The Salisbury defense led by juniors Logan Becker, Kyle Westbrook and Michael Black and sophomore Cy McNeill tallied its 15th shutout of the season with a strong performance through 90 minutes. The defense only allowed nine shots for the day, while sophomore Drew Staedeli pulled in five saves. Staedeli recorded the victory in goal, moving his record to 18-3 for the season. For the season, the sophomore has 11 complete shutouts with four partials.
The men advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 17, here at the SU Soccer Complex. Salisbury will match up against the winner of the other first-round game between Messiah College and Centenary (N.J.) College. The second-round matchup is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.