Overtime tally sinks Gulls at Neumann

Overtime tally sinks Gulls at Neumann

ASTON, Pa.- The Salisbury University men's soccer team went on the road to take on Neumann University in non-conference play and fell 2-1 in overtime for their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon.

The first half featured a slow brand of soccer with neither team putting a shot on goal until Jake McDevitt struck for Neumann to put them on the board. Bill Swontek crossed the ball over to Christian Cortese who dished it to McDevitt, who finished to put the Knights up, 1-0 in the 22nd minute. 

Salisbury got to work from there however. 

Ryan Spadin got Salisbury's first shot on net in the 30th minute before putting himself and Leslie Umunna  in a two-way tie for the team lead in goals. 

Colby Fell found himself with an open shot that just missed, ringing off the post. The rebound found Spadin, who knocked it home for his third of the season to equalize the score in the 37th minute. 

The Gulls closed out the opening stanza with a pair of corner kicks as they kept up the pressure following the Spadin marker. 

Salisbury stayed on the front foot in the beginning of the second half. In the opening 10 minutes of the latter half, the Gulls outshot the Knights, 5-1 and started to test keeper Shane Smith. 

As the Gulls kept pressing in the second half, they worked up to a 16-6 lead in shots as regulation came to an end, with the Gulls putting seven of their shots on net, to the Knight's one.

Also at the end of regulation, Salisbury held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.

While they dominated the stat sheet, the Gulls found themselves in the loss column for the first time this season as Cortese buried a free kick for the Knights in the first overtime period (95th minute) to sink the Gulls.

Fell led the offense in the contest with four shots, while Dolph Hegewisch and Brad Martinelli each took three.

Robert Fiackos took the loss in net, moving his record to 2-1-1, while Smith got the win between-the-pipes for Neumann with six saves on the afternoon.

The Gulls are back in action with a mid-week road match against Eastern University on Tuesday, September 20.

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