SALISBURY, Md. – The third-seeded Salisbury University men's soccer team will host sixth-seeded Christopher Newport University in a Capital Athletic Conference tournament first round game on Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 11-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in CAC play. Salisbury won three of its final four games to secure a first round home game, which included wins over No. 8 University of Mary Washington and Christopher Newport. The Sea Gulls finished the regular season just a game out of first place.
How they got here
Christopher Newport finished the regular season with a 7-8 overall record and 3-4 conference record. The Captains dropped three of their final four games, all by a score of 1-0. Christopher Newport ended the season with a 2-1 win over second-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland, securing the sixth seed and a trip to Salisbury.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport comes into the match with the number four scoring offense in the conference at 1.80 goals per game. Eleven different players have tallied a goal for the Captains, with three different players leading the way with four apiece. Stephen Durbin and Jordan Boone have each recorded four goals and three assists on the season, good for 11 points. Christopher Newport ranks sixth in the CAC with a 0.98 goals-against average. Zach Pedini has started all 15 games in net for the Captains, recording a .722 save percentage and 1.01 goals-against average.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Captains met just a week and a half ago at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium, with Salisbury picking up a thrilling 1-0 victory. Christopher Newport held Salisbury without a shot on goal for the first 88 minutes, but Robbie Budd capitalized on a cross from Stephen White, heading in the game winner with just 1:38 remaining in regulation. Trevor Brookhart posted a season-high seven saves for his eighth shutout of the season.
Backed by Brookhart
Brookhart ranks at the top of the conference in several goalkeeping categories. The senior is second in the CAC with an .841 save percentage and 0.69 goals-against average while ranking third with 11 goals allowed on the year. Brookhart has also posted a conference-best nine shutouts on the season.
The winner of Saturday's match advances to the CAC semifinals on Wednesday, October 31 to face the winner of the Penn State University-Harrisburg/St. Mary's College of Maryland game.