Gulls play to 0-0 draw against CAC-rival Spartans

Gulls play to 0-0 draw against CAC-rival Spartans

YORK, Pa. – The well-known rivalry between the Salisbury University men's soccer team and York College of Pennsylvania will not be solved this time around, as the match Saturday afternoon played to a 0-0 draw at Graham Field. 

The Sea Gulls (11-1-5, 5-1-2 CAC) and Spartans (6-6-5, 3-3-2 CAC) battled it out defensively through the first half, only allowing one total shot on goal, which was in favor of Salisbury. Off a corner kick sent in by junior midfielder Michael Feeney, a redirected header by junior midfielder Dennis Runikera, Jr., was sent into the gloves of Spartan goalkeeper Charlie Johnson in the 44th minute. 

It wasn't until the 75th minute that Salisbury saw another great opportunity, following a foul on York on the right, top side of the 18-yard box. Feeney lined up for the free kick, sending it to the back post in a mix of players from both squads. Out of the group, Runikera was able to place a head on the ball but blasted it into the crossbar. 

In the final 10 seconds of regulation, Salisbury had a goal-line chance knocked away to send the game to extra time. Feeney rushed over to serve in a corner kick from the left side. Sending the ball to the back post, senior forward Benjamin Aryeetey connected on a header to the right side of the goal, but before it could cross the line, Spartan Greg Bechard came sweeping in to boot the ball out and run the clock out. 

The Gulls came out fired up in overtime, looking to connect on the first of three opportunities in the opening minute. Feeney, with the ball on the left side of the 18-yard box, played a low liner into the six-yard box to Aryeetey. Slipping the ball under Johnson, Aryeetey saw the ball head to the back post on the ground, but York's Ryan Ockford was at the right place at the right time and cleared the ball out on the goal line for the Spartans' second team save of the game. 

With neither team unable to connect through the first 10 minutes, the match was sent to a second overtime, where Salisbury had yet another great shot that was turned away by a defensive player on the goal line. A free kick sent in by Feeney from 30 yards out soared into the middle of the six-yard box, where in the mix of things deflected off a defender towards the goal, but diving into the goal and connecting with his head to turn the ball the opposite way was Justin Kaiser. 

The Sea Gull defense, led by senior Logan Becker, junior Cy McNeill and freshman Mike Kramer, all of whom played the full 110 minutes, only allowed one shot on goal by the Spartans. Junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli recorded the draw in net, making one save. 

Salisbury will head to Dover, Delaware for its final match of the regular season on Wednesday, October 29, as the Sea Gulls take on Wesley College. First touch is set for 7 p.m.

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