Eiben and Staedeli come up big as Gulls tie No. 15 Christopher Newport

Eiben and Staedeli come up big as Gulls tie No. 15 Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team went on the road to take on No. 15 Christopher Newport University for a  Capital Athletic Conference contest and played to a 1-1 draw in front of 940 fans on Wednesday night.

With the tie – and the result of other contests going final across the CAC tonight, the Sea Gulls (9-3-2, 4-0-2 CAC) have secured a spot in the CAC postseason tournament and move their streak of consecutive appearances in the tournament to 21 seasons – the same amount of time they have been in the CAC.

For Christopher Newport (10-1-5, 3-1-3), it now goes consecutive games without a win for the first time this season. The last time the Captains were in that predicament was at the hands of Salisbury a year ago, when they tied the Gulls after suffering a conference loss.

Christopher Newport came out of the gates quickly, in the 10th minute, as Harry Nodwell fired a shot that the Salisbury defense blocked; but Patrick Burns was there to finish it off as he put it to the top-right of the net to give the Captains an early lead.

Christopher Newport would continue to pressure the Salisbury backline and at the end of the first half, held a lead in shots on goal with five to Salisbury's one.

Much of the second half played out like the first, with Drew Staedeli being tested often. However, backs Kevin Miller and Cy McNeill – who both logged the entire 110 minutes in the match– helped to keep another Captain's shot from crossing the goal line.

In the 88th minute, following a corner kick by the Captains, Salisbury would get numbers forward and Matt Greene was able to get a slotted pass over to Nathaniel Eiben. Eiben was able to rip a shot off the pass that beat the Captains' keeper for the equalizer. The goal was the third of Eiben's career, and his third in the last two matches.

In the two overtime periods, Christopher Newport combined for the only two shots on net during extra time.

At games end, Staedeli came away with nine saves, which marks a new career high for the senior keeper.

Salisbury next takes the pitch on Saturday, October 24 when it returns home to take on Frostburg State University for a 2 p.m., kickoff. The match will serve as senior day for the Sea Gulls.

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