Men's soccer captures CAC regular-season title with 2-0 win over Wesley

Men's soccer captures CAC regular-season title with 2-0 win over Wesley

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University men's soccer team won the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 2-0 victory over Wesley College on a gloomy Wednesday evening.

In the first half, Salisbury attacked the Wolverines as it ended with 16 shots; however, it put just three of them on net, as Wesley was able to block many of the Gulls' attempts.

Of those three shots on net, Leslie Umunna was able to pick up his fifth goal of the season.

As the Gulls worked it down field, Matt Greene got the ball just outside the 18 and threaded a low pass through the Wesley backline that found Umunna. Umunna received the ball inside the 18 with no defenders between himself and the keeper. He was able to finish with a low shot to the right to put Salisbury up 1-0.

For the remainder of the half, Wesley kept trying to spring Adrian Coverdale with long passes over the top of the Salisbury backline; but defenders Kevin Miller and Mike Kramer displayed their ability to cover the speedy freshmen.

Senior Drew Staedeli came away with two giant saves in the first half. The first one was a shot that got redirected by Will Mileski off a cross, but Staedeli was able to  get his legs on the ball to keep it out. Then, with 7:10 remaining in the half, Avery Brice had a look from the 18 that he tried putting inside the left post. However, Staedeli used a full-extension dive to his right to snag the ball out of midair and mitigate any potential rebound opportunity for the Wolverines.

In the 55th minute, Salisbury added an insurance tally to go up 2-0. Greene took the ball deep down the left side of the Wolverines' defensive zone and put a lofted cross to the goal mouth. Brooks Zentgraf outjumped a Wesley defender and got his head on the ball and put it past the goalie.

Zentgraf and Umunna are both now tied for the team lead in goals with five. This was the third game where the Gulls have used goals from both Zentgraf and Umunna in a single game. The Gulls record in those games is 3-0.

Also, this was the first two-assist game for Greene since August 30, 2014. With the two-point game, Greene is now two points away from cracking the top 10 in career points for Salisbury. As it sits now, Greene is seventh all time for assists with 19.

At the final whistle, Staedeli had five saves to pick up his seventh shutout of the year. With today's save total, Staedeli broke out of a tie for sixth all time in career saves as he now sits at 211. To enter the top five, Staedeli would need to get to 223; while assistant coach Paul Zimmerman '82 sits in fourth at 239.

Salisbury mustered 21 shots on the night and took double-digit (10) corner kicks for the third time this season.

Salisbury now plays at home on Wednesday, November 4 in the CAC semifinals and will take on the winner of the first-round matchup between the No. 4 University of Mary Washington and No. 5 seed Christopher Newport University. The time of first touch in that match is to be determined.

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