YORK, PA. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team will play a first round Capital Athletic Conference tournament game against York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls climbed the standings at the end of CAC play by going 3-0-2 in the last five matches following a 1-3 start to begin conference play. With a 4-3-2 conference record, Salisbury earned the fifth seed in the CAC tournament. A 1-1 tie at first place Christopher Newport University set the tone for the Sea Gulls as the team went on to win its final two matches of the regular season. A 1-0 win at Frostburg State University put the Gulls into playoff contention and a 6-1 win against Wesley College in the regular season finale clinched a playoff spot.
How they got here
York went 7-8-2 overall and 5-3-1 in CAC play. The Spartans finished off the regular season with a 3-1 win over number two seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland to clinch the fourth seed in the tournament and a first round home match. York concluded the regular season by going 3-1-1 in its last 5 CAC matches.
The two teams have a storied rivalry in men's soccer, dating back to 1981 when the Sea Gulls claimed a 5-2 win in the first ever meeting. Salisbury has a 25-12-5 advantage in the all-time series, recording a 9-4-3 record at York in those matches. The Sea Gulls and Spartans have met eight times in the CAC championship match, with Salisbury going 3-5 in such matches. The only meeting between the two teams in a CAC quarterfinal match came in 1995 when Salisbury won 6-3.
Last time we met
The two teams tied 1-1 in a heated match at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium on Salisbury's Senior Day, October 15. York struck first in the 21st minute as Chris Hobbs found the back of the net from 30 yards out. The Sea Gulls would find the answer with just over six minutes remaining in regulation as a York defender misplayed the ball in front of net, allowing Ryan Spadin to head it in to level the match at 1-1. Salisbury had several chances at the end of regulation and in the two overtime periods, but York was able to keep the game winner out of the net. Salisbury outshot the Spartans 28-13 and had a whopping 16-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Scouting the Spartans
York boasts one of the top offensive threats in the conference in freshman Zion Friday. Friday ranks fifth in the CAC in goals with seven and is tied for second in assists with five, third in shots with 48, and fourth in points with 19. Fellow freshman Danny Morgan and senior Chris Hobbs balance the scoring with six goals apiece. Morgan leads the team with three game-winning goals. Freshman Billy Bridegum has started 16 of York's 17 games this season and has recorded a goals-against average of 1.91, good for seventh in the conference.
Strong in net
In his first season with the Sea Gulls, junior Trevor Brookhart has been one of the top goalkeepers in the conference. Brookhart ranks second in the conference in both save percentage and goals-against average and is third in saves and goals against. For the week ending October 22 Brookhart was named CAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC South Region Defensive Player of the Week.
The winner of Saturday's match advances to the CAC semifinals on Wednesday, November 1 to face number one seeded Christopher Newport.