Men's soccer uses late goal by Umunna to secure 2-1 win over St. Mary's (Md.)

Men's soccer uses late goal by Umunna to secure 2-1 win over St. Mary's (Md.)

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's soccer team went on the road to take on Capital Athletic Conference foe Saint Mary's College of Maryland and used two timely goals to come away an exciting 2-1 victory.

Salisbury (7-3, 2-0 CAC) wasted no time notching the first goal of the game. In the first minute, the Seahawks fouled Salisbury just inside the Salisbury attacking zone. Senior Cy McNeill took the free kick from near the midfield line for the Sea Gulls and placed it perfectly into the box. Sophomore Brooks Zentgraf was able to get a diving header on the ball and put it past the St. Mary's keeper for his team-leading third goal of the season. It marked the second time this season that Zentgraf has scored on a diving header.

With under nine minutes to play in the half, it looked as if Leslie Umunna had added to the Sea Gulls' advantage when he chested a ball inside the 18-yard box down to his foot. He then volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The play however, was signaled offside.

Just minutes later, Umunna got another good look from inside the 18 as he ripped a shot from the right side that Zack Haussler made a good save on.

The fast-paced first half would see each team take nine shots, putting Salisbury near it's season average of 12.2 shots per game in the first 45 minutes of play.

In the 74th minute, the Seahawks were able to notch the equalizer as Juwan Kearson put one in the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

With only 50 seconds having ticked off the clock since Kearson's goal. Umunna put the Sea Gulls back on top as he chipped the ball over the Seahawk keeper and put Salisbury up, 2-1. The goal for Umunna was his third of the season.

Salisbury would hold off the Seahawks (6-4-1, 2-1 CAC) the rest of the way to collect its second CAC victory of the season in as many games.

Senior keeper Drew Staedeli performed well for the Sea Gulls as he collected six saves on the evening and moved to 7-3 on the season. For the Seahawks, Haussler collected three saves and fell to 4-2-1 on the year.

The Sea Gulls return to action this weekend on Saturday, October 10, when they play host to Penn State University-Harrisburg in CAC play. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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