SALISBURY, Md. — The Salisbury University men's soccer team took on Washington (Md.) College on Wednesday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex, and claimed a 1-0 shutout victory fueled by an unassisted goal by senior Matt Greene.
The first half saw little action from both teams, with a total of three shots taken by the Gulls, and two from the Shoremen. The Sea Gulls (5-0-1) were aggressive in possession, however, with a total of six corner-kick opportunities in the first half, opposed to one corner for Washington.
Salisbury quickly gained control of the match in the second half. After four and a half minutes of play, Greene took advantage of a soft pass back to Shoreman goalkeeper David Myers. Greene raced into intercept the pass before Myers could control it just inside the 18-yard box. The Salisbury forward drove to the corner of the six-yard box against a defending Myers and placed a sharp-angle shot toward the right post that deflected into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
Greene marked his sixth-consecutive game scoring a goal or making an assist. The senior captain has now tied the Salisbury record for most consecutive games recording a point to open the season, a record set in 2009 by Kyle Sterling.
Junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli held the Shoremen scoreless for the entire game. Washington forward Joseph Fili took an open shot from the left of the goal 10 minutes into the second half, causing Staedeli to dive to his left to deflect the shot and maintain the Sea Gull lead. The junior made two saves through 90 minutes to record his third shutout of the season.
The second half saw an aggressive Salisbury attack. The Gulls were able to double their shot count from three to six, with attempts from seniors Tanner East and Stephen Poorman and junior Taylor Groginski.
The Sea Gulls will take the field again on Saturday, September 17 against William Paterson University; game time is set for 1 p.m.