Feeney strikes in overtime to defeat Shoremen, 3-2

Feeney strikes in overtime to defeat Shoremen, 3-2

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The No. 19 Salisbury University men's soccer team went on the road to take on the Shoremen of Washington (Md.) College and used a Michael Feeney goal in the second overtime to secure its fourth win of the season.

Despite a first half that saw 10 corner kicks (six for Salisbury), 15 free kicks (five for Salisbury), and nine shots (five for Salisbury), only one shot on goal was registered in the half.

Unfortunately for the Sea Gulls, that shot was a penalty kick -- due to a hand ball in the box -- for Washington's Brian Wilkinson, who took advantage of the opportunity and put the Shoremen up 1-0 in the 21st minute.

In the second half, offensive pressure in front of the Shoremen net led to Salisbury getting its own penalty kick in the 58th minute. Head Coach Gerry DiBartolo went with senior captain Matt Greene to take the attempt and Greene finished to the top left for his first tally of the season. The goal was only the second shot on goal in the game.

Just four minutes after Greene's goal, he continued to make noise. After the ball went out-of-bounds just feet away from being a corner kick, Greene riffled a throw-in inside the Shoremen six-yard box, and a Shoremen defender tried to clear the ball away with one touch, but whiffed the attempt and redirected the ball past his keeper to put the Sea Gulls up 2-1. The goal was officially scored as an own goal against Washington.

Washington tied the game up when Dimitri Kaliakin tossed a corner kick inside the Salisbury 18 and Michael Holowesko headed it from the middle of the goalmouth to inside the left post for the marker.

In the second overtime period, midfielder Brad Martinelli beat his defender down the right side and crossed the ball into the Shoremen box and Feeney was able to skillfully redirect the ball into the left side of the net for the overtime game winner. The goal was Feeney's first of the season.

With the two-save performance tonight, senior keeper Drew Staedeli moved into 10th place in the Salisbury record book for career saves.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, September 19, when they are back at the SU Soccer Complex to take on Neumann University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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