WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the fourth time this season, the No. 20 Salisbury University men's soccer team has gone to double overtime looking to decide a match, but finished with a 0-0 draw against Catholic University of America Wednesday afternoon.
It was a back-and-forth battle through the entirety of the 110 minutes played, with the Sea Gulls (7-0-3) just edging the Cardinals (4-5-1) in shot attempts, 6-5.
Shots were fired early with CUA taking the first attempt just 50 seconds in, but junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli pulled it in for his first of four saves for the game. That shot would be the only legitimate attempt by the Cardinals in the first half, as the Sea Gulls answered back with six chances of their own, three on target.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Salisbury had two opportunities on goal. A shot by junior midfielder Michael Feeney and a header by senior defender Logan Becker were both saved by Cardinal goalkeeper Torsten Meuschke.
The second half saw more offense in favor of CUA, with four shots being taken through the 45 minutes of play for the Cardinals and no attempts by the Gulls. A strong defensive front by seniors Kyle Westbrook, Jeff Byrnes and Becker and junior Cy McNeill, along with three big saves by Staedeli, kept Catholic off the board and pushed the game to extra time.
With nothing substantial occurring in the extra 20 minutes, the match would remain scoreless, giving Salisbury its third draw of the season.
Staedeli recorded the tie in net, moving his overall record to 7-0-3 with six shutouts. The Ellicott City, Maryland native now sports a 0.40 goals-against average while only giving up four goals this season.
The men travel back home for their next match, as they finish off the remainder of their schedule in Capital Athletic Conference play. Salisbury will take on the University of Mary Washington Saturday, October 4, at the SU Soccer Complex. First touch is set for 1 p.m.