SALISBURY, Md. – Alex Eiben's header off a Matthew Zimmerman corner kick with less than four minutes remaining in double overtime gave the Salisbury University men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over The Catholic University of America Wednesday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (5-5) wasted little time getting the action started as Nick Njuki scored his second goal in as many games. Ryan Spadin sent a cross from the right side into the front of the net, and Njuki was there to head the ball home to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Catholic (2-4-4) quickly responded with a goal of its own in the 15th minute. The Cardinals capitalized on a Salisbury turnover, as Tyler Martin sent a pass to Andrew Laurenzano at the top of the box, who curled a shot into the right corner of the net. The goal came on the first shot of the game for Catholic.
The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half, but Matt McLaughlin's shot was turned away by Salisbury goalie Trevor Brookhart.
Salisbury ended the first half with a 9-4 advantage in shots and took five corner kicks to Catholic's zero.
Catholic came out of the break firing, getting off a shot less than 30 seconds in. The second half saw both keepers make great saves to keep their teams in the game. Both teams had an opportunity to take the lead in the 69th minute. Brookhart was able to make a key save on a point-blank shot by Catholic, and Njuki's counter-attack was turned away by Cardinal keeper Zachery Tashjy.
Neither team was able to capitalize, sending the game to overtime tied 1-1. Catholic held a 6-5 edge in shots while Salisbury had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks in the second half.
The Cardinals had momentum in the first overtime, getting off three shots. However, none were on goal. Salisbury's lone shot was saved by Tashjy.
The second overtime period only saw one shot, but it would be all the game needed. Zimmerman sent a corner kick to the far post, and Eiben was there to head the ball into the back of the net, giving the Sea Gulls a 2-1 win in the 107th minute.
The overtime victory gave Salisbury its fourth win in a row to move them to .500 on the season. Brookhart made five saves on the day and has only allowed more than one goal in a game once this season. The maroon and gold ended the game with a 16-13 advantage in shots and 10-3 margin in corner kicks.
Salisbury hits the road for a conference matchup with the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, September 30. The match is slated to start at 3:30 p.m.