SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 19 Salisbury University men's soccer team took on Neumann University on Saturday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex and came away with a 1-0 victory. With the win, Salisbury improves to 5-1, while Neumann drops to 1-4-1.
Prior to the game, Head Coach Gerry DiBartolo was honored by Salisbury's President, Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, for earning his 400th career victory.
Salisbury broke the scoring open 11 minutes into the game when senior Cy McNeill was playing up from his back position. After a give-and-go on the left side of the field between McNeill and Brad Martinelli, McNeill got inside the 18-yard box with the ball and chipped a perfectly placed ball into the feet of Matt Greene, who was to the left of the net just outside the six-yard box. Greene corralled the through ball and finished in the top-left quarter of the net for his second marker of the season.
At the end of the first half, Neumann held the edge in shots with seven compared to Salisbury's six. However, in the first half Salisbury had three corner kicks to Neumann's one and held the edge in shots on goal.
The second half saw Salisbury get numerous chances to add to its total. In the 78th minute, after a strong Salisbury defensive stand, Neumann was caught with too many men on the offensive end, and the Sea Gulls pushed the odd numbers up field. Leslie Umunna was led with a through pass just over half and had a free lane to the net. The Neumann defenders eventually caught up but Umunna still got off a shot on net that Neumann keeper Tim Glaccum turned aside.
Four minutes later, Salisbury drew a foul 25 yards from its attacking goal and, Michael Feeney took the free kick, ripping a shot that went over the Neumann wall before dipping down and looking like it was a certain goal. However, Glaccum made a full-extension diving stop to keep the Salisbury lead at one.
The Salisbury defense shut down the Neumann attack and forced them to take contested shots, making for some easy saves for Drew Staedeli. Defenders Nathaniel Eiben, Kevin Miller, and Taylor Groginski all had great games defending the maroon and gold back line.
Staedeli was able to pick up his second shutout of the season and move his record to 5-1 on the season with his five-save performance. Glaccum fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss.
Salisbury next takes the field on September 23rd when it plays host to Eastern University back at the SU Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.