Sea Gulls fall short to Shoremen in double overtime

Sea Gulls fall short to Shoremen in double overtime

Chestertown, Md. – The offense finally came alive for the Salisbury University men's soccer team, but Washington College was too much as the Sea Gulls fell in double overtime, 3-2, Wednesday night.

The first half was a back and forth affair with Washington College (1-4) controlling much of the possession in the early going. The Sea Gulls managed to get off their share of shots, however. The first real chance of the game came in the eighth minute off a Shoremen throw-in. Evan Savoth was on the receiving end of the throw-in, but his header went straight into the hands of Salisbury goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart. The Sea Gulls responded with a chance of their own, but Brooks Zentgraf was unable to get a good foot on the ball as his shot sailed high.

Salisbury (1-5) had a great chance to take a lead in the 33rd minute off a Dolph Hegewisch corner kick, but Colby Fell's header bounced off the crossbar. The Shoremen had more luck on the opposite end as Savoth headed in a corner by Griffin Bull to give Washington College a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute.

Hegewisch almost produced another goal six minutes before halftime off a free kick from 20 yards out, but his strike just missed the top left corner of the goal.

The Sea Gulls would soon find the equalizer as freshman Dylan Parks found open space in the middle of the field and blasted a shot past the Washington College keeper for his first career goal. The goal came with a little over five minutes to go before half to tie the match at 1-1.

Washington College nearly found the back of the net again right before half as Christian Keller took a shot that snuck past Brookhart, but somehow managed to stay out of the net after hitting the left post and ricocheting off the crossbar.

The first half saw plenty of action as Salisbury outshot the Shoremen 9-7, though Washington College was able to get five shots on goal compared to Salisbury's two. The Sea Gulls held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks at the break.

The score wasn't tied for long as Zentgraf shot a bullet from just outside the box into the top left-hand corner of the goal to give Salisbury a 2-1 lead 7:20 into the half. The goal was Zentgraf's first of the season and 14th of his career.

Salisbury's lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Savoth scored his second goal of the night to tie the match 2-2 in the 61st minute. The goal came off James Strine's free kick, which trickled through the defense and found Savoth, who was there to find the back of the net for the equalizer.

Washington College held an 8-6 advantage in shots and 4-1 edge in corner kicks in the second half, but neither team could find the game winner, sending the match to overtime. Brookhart was key in sending the game to overtime with two great saves in the 75th minute. This was Salisbury's third overtime game of the young season, coming in with a 1-1 record in those games.

Salisbury held a 3-2 edge in shots in the first overtime period, the last of which was a strike off the foot of Hegewisch, which Shoremen keeper Josh Samuels just got a hand on to send the game to a second overtime period.

The Sea Gulls put the pressure on in the second overtime with two early shots, but Washington College was able to convert in the 103rd minute. Kyle Gaeffke sent a long cross into the front of the goal and Brian Graham played the ball of his chest and into the net for the game winner.

The match was the first of the season in which the Sea Gulls allowed more than one goal, although Brookhart made a career high eight saves on the night. Salisbury also doubled their season scoring output with the goals from Parks and Zentgraf.

Salisbury is back in action on Saturday, September 16 against Misericordia University. The match is scheduled for a 3:30 pm start at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

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