ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Seahawk Classic kicked off Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's College of Maryland and the Salisbury University men's soccer team collected its first shutout of the season on a 2-0 victory over Baldwin Wallace University.
In the opening 20 minutes, the Yellow Jackets controlled most of the offense taking three shots, two on goal, and adding an additional three corner kicks, but the defense of Salisbury and two saves by junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli kept the game scoreless.
Only recording one shot in those initial minutes, the Sea Gulls (2-0-1) would capitalize in the 21st minute to take the 1-0 lead. Senior forward Tanner East, with the ball on the right side, crossed the ball into senior forward Benjamin Aryeetey who was able to get a foot on it. Unable to hold on to the finish, Baldwin Wallace goalkeeper Ryan Asbury jumbled the ball across the goal line to put the Gulls on the board first.
At the half, Salisbury outshot the Yellow Jackets, 9-3, with three on goal. After the opening three shots for Baldwin Wallace (1-2-0), the Gulls took over the offensive charge and ripped eight, including the goal, to close out the remaining 25 minutes.
After a battle in the second half giving both teams two shot attempts, a blocked shot on the defensive side for the Sea Gulls sent the ball the opposite way. Having an opportunity on the transition, senior forward Matt Greene tallied his third goal of the season and moved the score to 2-0 with 22 minutes left in regulation on an unassisted finish.
In the 72nd minute, the Yellow Jackets saw a chance to close the deficit to one on a header attempt by Bill Gamble, but Staedeli would make the save and the Gulls would ride out the clock for their first shutout of the season.
The defense for Salisbury held Baldwin Wallace to eight shots, while the offense for the Gulls fired 12 for the game. Staedeli recorded the victory in the net, making three saves through 90 minutes of play.
With the assist for East and the goal for Greene, the duo has recorded points in all three games this season. East now has three goals and an assist, while Greene has three finishers and four helpers to lead the team with 10 points. Aryeetey's goal in Saturday's game was his third of the year, which is tied for the team lead with his fellow classmates East and Greene.
The men are back in action Sunday to play their final game in the Seahawk Classic. Salisbury will face Bridgewater (Va.) College, which fell to St. Mary's, 2-1, on Saturday. First touch is set for 1 p.m.