Early Capital goal brings down men’s soccer in season opener

Early Capital goal brings down men’s soccer in season opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team fell to Capital University 1-0 in the first game of the season-opening Elmer Lord Memorial Tournament Friday afternoon at the new Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

Capital was able to get on the board early in just the seventh minute of the game. Greg Knox sent a cross from the left side into the front of the goal, and Tyler Wujczyk's header found the back of the net.

Salisbury was able to settle in after the quick goal and control much of the game. They quickly applied the pressure and turned up the intensity as they were able to get off three shots in the next eight minutes.

The Sea Gulls ended the first half with a 7-3 advantage in shots while also taking five corner kicks to Capital's one.

The pressure did not stop at half, with Matthew Zimmerman forcing Capital goalie Justin Niswonger to make a save less than a minute into the second half.

Midway through the second half, sophomore Dolph Hegewisch shot a bullet that ricocheted off the crossbar. Hegewisch kept firing, ending the game with a total of four shots, with two on goal. Brooks Zentgraf also kept Capital's defense busy as he accounted for six shots on the day.

Salisbury had a chance as time was expiring with their ninth and final corner kick of the game, but the Capital defense was able to avoid trouble as Salisbury goalie Trevor Brookhart sent a cross attempt wide right.

Brookhart got his first start in net for the Sea Gulls and only faced two shots on goal thanks to a solid defensive effort following the early Capital tally.

The Sea Gulls ended the game with a 16-6 shot advantage, though they were only able to put five of those on net. Salisbury also held a 9-3 edge in corner kicks for the game.

Salisbury will be back in action for the second game of the Elmer Lord Memorial Tournament Saturday, September 2 against Gettysburg College at 3 p.m.

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