LARGO, Md. – The No. 22 Salisbury University men's soccer team remained undefeated Wednesday afternoon in a rainy 3-1 victory over Roanoke College at Prince George's Community College.
The Sea Gulls (6-0-2) got off to a slow start in the opening four minutes, giving up two shots to the Maroons, but would be the first to find the back of the net in the seventh minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Brad Martinelli played a corner ball to the right side of the field to senior forward Benjamin Aryeetey. Carrying the ball to the goal line just outside the 18-yard box, Aryeetey crossed a ground ball past Roanoke goalkeeper Cole Sinclair where the ball met the left foot of junior midfielder Chris Kittelberger who one touched it into the left side of the net.
In the following 13 minutes, the Maroons (5-2-1) fired off five more shots, but none on target, before Salisbury added its second goal of the half. In the 21st minute, Aryeetey carried the ball outside of the 18-yard box by the right side of the goalline. In similar area as the first cross the Accra, Ghana native had in the seventh minute, Aryeetey played this ball in the air, bending it over Sinclair's hands into the top left corner of the net.
Taking a 2-0 lead into the half, Salisbury blasted eight shots, while Roanoake fired 10 attempts, all of which were off target except for one that junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli pulled in for his first save of the game.
The second half played into favor of SU early, with the final goal for the Sea Gulls going into the net just 10 minutes into play. Senior forward Tanner East bypassed the defense for a one-on-one opportunity against Sinclair, but a swift save by the keeper pushed the ball to the left side of the six-yard box. With no Maroon defender in the area to clear the ball, Aryeetey slashed in for the open-goal finish to push the score to 3-0.
Roanoke found its way onto the board with 10 minutes remaining in the match, after a diving save by Staedeli was deflected into a header finish for the Maroons only goal of the match.
Staedeli collected his sixth victory in net this season, making four saves through 90 minutes of play.
Aryeetey led the offense with two goals and an assist for five points. The five points and two goals tie a career best for the senior forward, which was set in the first game for the Sea Gulls this season in a 10-1 victory over Patrick Henry College.
The men travel back home for their next match, as Salisbury opens up Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday, September 27 against Southern Virginia University. First touch is set for 2 p.m., from the SU Soccer Complex.