Gulls win Seahawk Classic with 2-0 victory over Eagles

Gulls win Seahawk Classic with 2-0 victory over Eagles

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Seahawk Classic concluded Sunday at St. Mary's College of Maryland, as the Salisbury University men's soccer team defeated Bridgewater (Va.) College, 2-0. The Gulls won the tournament, hoisting their second tournament trophy of the season, going 2-0 for the weekend. 

The Sea Gulls (3-0-1) wasted no time when the whistle was blown to start the game, capitalizing on their first opportunity in just the sixth minute. Senior forward Benjamin Aryeetey, with the ball on the right side of the 18-yard box, crossed a ball to the backside post where senior forward Matt Greene slashed in for the running header into an empty left side of the net. 

Greene, a team captain, has now recorded points in all four games this season, totaling 12 off four goals and four assists. The last time a player for Salisbury has contributed points through the first four games was in 2009 when two-time All-American Kyle Sterling tallied 15 points across the initial six games. Sterling accumulated seven points in the first four games off three goals and an assist. 

Salisbury continued its offensive charge for roughly five more minutes before Bridgewater (0-4-0) would start to see some offense. At the half, the Gulls totaled five shots, three on goal, while the Eagles had six attempts, three of which were turned away by junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli

The attack did not slow down heading into the second 45 minutes, as Salisbury took control right at the restart. Having an early opportunity go wide by senior forward Tanner East, senior midfielder Stephen Poorman saw his chance to extend the score in the 55th minute. With the ball 20 yards out, the captain ripped a shot at Bridgewater goalkeeper Kevin Morris. Unable to handle the shot, the ball went through the keeper's hands and into the back of the net. 

Controlling the tempo of the game, Salisbury's defense wouldn't allow any shots by the Eagles in the second half. With just two corner kicks in the second half, Bridgewater wouldn't see any other opportunities to close the two-goal deficit. 

Staedeli recorded his third victory and second shutout of the season, making three saves through 90 minutes of play.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Aryeetey was awarded Most Valuable Player for his performance over the weekend. The Accra, Ghana native totaled three points on a goal and an assist, both turning into game-winning combinations for the Gulls, while his hard work in the back field and his quick runs helped Salisbury extend the defense. The senior forward now has three goals and two assists for the season.

The men travel back home for their next contest, as they prepare for North Carolina Wesleyan College next Saturday, September 13. First touch is set for 3 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.


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