Overtime tally brings men's soccer down at St. Mary's

Overtime tally brings men's soccer down at St. Mary's

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team took on St. Mary's College of Maryland in Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday afternoon and an overtime tally sunk the Gulls, 2-1.

The Seahawks (8-2-1, 2-1 CAC) controlled the pace from the beginning of the first half, but the Gulls (4-4-1, 1-2 CAC) showed promise with early pressure, especially from Kendrick Michel in the offensive zone leading to turnovers and opportunities.

The Seahawks would get the game's first major scoring opportunity however as following a Salisbury foul, they placed the free kick into the box that Khalid Balogun got a solid piece of on net. Keeper Daniel Brennan was up to the task, diving to his left to start the Gulls back on offense.

Following the big save the Sea Gulls got two good chances in the next five minutes, both ending with the ball in the hands St. Mary's keeper Zach Haussler, including a promising shot from inside the 18 off the foot of Brooks Zentgraf in the 25th minute.

Salisbury continued to dictate the pace and got more offense from the forwards pressuring the Seahawk back line. Following a forced St. Mary's turnover, quick back-and-forth passing led to a shot for Matthew Hawkins that Haussler took care of in the 37th minute.

At the break, Salisbury's three shots on goal led St. Mary's lone attempt on Brennan.

Salisbury got things started fast in the second half. In the 53rd minute Zentgraf worked the ball from the side into the 18 where Tyler Andrus was there to receive it. As Andrus turned he was fouled in the box and the Gulls were awarded a penalty kick.

Nicholas Carrington was the Sea Gull's choice and he showed great poise, burying a well-struck ball into the top-left corner to put his team up, 1-0.

The Seahawks had a timely response for Carrington's goal as Nick Tait was able to redirect a Seahawk corner kick past Brennan in the 72nd to notch the score at one a piece with overtime looming.

Salisbury showed a late push as Robbie Budd had a shot stopped by Haussler with just seven seconds left in regulation.

The first shot of overtime proved to be the fatal blow for the Gulls as Josh Akwara swung a cross in front of the Sea Gull net from the right side and Balogun headed it inside the right post to give the Seahawks the sudden victory.

The Gulls return to action on Saturday, October 8 when they will travel to Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg to take on the Lions. That game is slated for 2 p.m.

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