Gulls fall to Captains, 2-0, in CAC semifinals

Gulls fall to Captains, 2-0, in CAC semifinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University men's soccer team fell, 2-0, to Christopher Newport University on Wednesday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal match at the SU Soccer Complex. 

The first half played in favor of the Captains (15-3-4) taking 11 shots to the Gulls' two. In the 15th minute, CNU capitalized on its first of two goals for the game. With the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, Captain Ryan Balfour played the ball to the right side to teammate Harry Nodwell, who shot from 25-yards out to the top-left corner of the goal, just far enough to escape the diving save by junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli

Salisbury (12-2-5) would get its first opportunity in the 26th minute off a left-side shot by senior midfielder Stephen Poorman, but CNU goalkeeper Sam Lesko would pull the ball in to keep the Gulls off the board. 

Poorman saw another opportunity right before the break, getting a head on a cross and redirecting toward the back post, but Lesko made the save to take a 1-0 CNU lead into halftime. 

Following a foul inside the 18-yard box in the 80th minute, the Captains were awarded a penalty-kick opportunity. CNU's Sean Christein stepped up for the kick, sending a low liner to the right side, but a diving Staedeli would make the huge save to keep the Gulls at a one-goal deficit. 

Just three minutes later, another penalty kick was given to Christopher Newport, and this time the Captains capitalized. Alex Makumbi took the opportunity, sending the ball to the top-right corner of the net. Although Staedeli dove the right way, the ball soared just over the keeper's outstretched arms.  

Staedeli finished with five saves through 90 minutes tending the net. 

The Sea Gulls look to the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, November 10, awaiting a possible at-large bid into the national tournament. The show is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Check out for all information involving postseason play. 

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