OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team picked up their second straight victory with a 1-0 win over Stevenson University Wednesday night thanks to a successful penalty kick from senior Nick Carrington.
Salisbury (3-5) controlled the tempo in the first half, having their way on the offensive end. Junior Nick Njuki tested Stevenson (1-4-2) goalkeeper Jake Brown early on with a header just over a minute into the game.
Sophomore Dolph Hegewisch nearly connected on a header in the 40th minute but the chance bounced off the crossbar. Stevenson was called for a foul in the box during the play, awarding a penalty kick to the maroon and gold. Carrington was called on to take the penalty kick, and he converted with a shot up the middle as the goalie dove to the right. The goal, which came in the 41st minute of the first half, was Carrington's second of the season.
The Sea Gulls managed to outshoot the Mustangs 11-4 in the first half, while both teams took two corner kicks.
Both teams struggled on the offensive side in the second half. The lone chance came in the 85th minute as freshman Dylan Parks took a shot from the right side of the box that hit the inside of the left post. Carrington's goal would be all the Sea Gulls needed though, as they collected their third shutout of the season.
Stevenson held a 5-4 advantage in shots in the second half, though neither team had a shot on goal. Salisbury held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. The Mustangs managed just one shot on goal in the game, which Trevor Brookhart was there to gather.
Salisbury opens conference play on Saturday, September 23 at 8 p.m. when it travels to take on Southern Virginia University.