LANCASTER, Pa. – Entering into its 12th NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 15, the Salisbury University men's soccer team is set to matchup against the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at host Franklin & Marshall College. First touch is set for 7:30 p.m., at Tylus Field.
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How We Got Here
After recording a regular-season record of 12-1-5, the Gulls were named regular-season champions of the Capital Athletic Conference, earning them the top seed in the league tournament. Receiving a first-round bye, Salisbury welcomed fifth-seeded Christopher Newport University to the SU Soccer Complex for a semifinal match, falling 2-0. SU was awarded an at-large bid into the national tournament.
How They Got Here
The Yellowjackets concluded the regular season with a 9-5-3 record, 3-3-1 in the University Athletic Association. With the league awarding the automatic bid to the regular-season champion, University of Chicago, Rochester earned an at-large bid into the national tournament after ending the season with two big victories in the conference against Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University. The UAA placed four teams into the NCAA tournament out of the eight teams in the league.
Salisbury has matched up with Rochester twice in program history, maintaining a 1-1 record. In 2006, the Gulls tallied a 1-0 victory against the Yellowjackets at the SU Soccer Complex, before traveling to New York the following year where they dropped a 1-0 decision.
The Yellowjackets are led by senior attackers Ben Keeton and Nick Pastore, who have both recorded 10 points in the regular season. Keeton and Pastore have tallied two game-winning goals apiece. In the backfield, sophomore Michael Shatkin has tended the net in all 17 games, maintaining a 0.85 goals-against average while making 53 saves. Allowing just 15 goals this season, Shatkin has totaled six shutouts.
Great Wall of Defense
Salisbury enters today's match only allowing 10 goals on the season with 11 shutouts. Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli has started all 19 contests for the Gulls with a record of 12-2-5 overall and a 0.47 goals-against average (eighth in the nation). Staedeli has collected a stifling 10 shutouts this season with one partial, ranking him 14th in the nation in save percentage with a .870. The defense led by seniors Kyle Westbrook, Logan Becker and Jeff Byrnes and junior Cy McNeill has guided Salisbury to a 17th-ranked shutout percentage in the nation (.58), while ranking 10th in team goals-against average (0.49).
The winner of the match will advance to the second round on Sunday, November 16 against the winner of the other first-round match being held at Tylus field on Saturday between F&M and Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University. The second-round match is set to begin at 5 p.m.