LANCASTER, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team fell, 4-0, to the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle between the Gulls (12-3-5) and the Yellowjackets (10-5-3) resulting in a 0-0 match at the break. SU saw the first opportunity of the game in the fifth minute, seeing a shot by junior forward Chris Kittelberger get blocked inside the six-yard box.
Heading into halftime, Rochester held the edge in shots, taking four to Salisbury's one. With one of the four being on target, junior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli pulled it in for one save in the opening 45 minutes.
The scoreless game cracked in the 50th minute in favor of the Yellowjackets. Rochester's Alex Swanger received the ball on the right side of the field, just outside the 18-yard box. Playing the ball into the middle of the box, Ben Swanger connected on a liner to the top-right corner, just out of the reach of a diving Staedeli.
Just four minutes later, Rochester would add a second. A blocked ball by senior back Jeff Byrnes played back to the feet of Yellowjacket Jeff Greblick who sent a low shot to the right post, under the arms of Staedeli, to take a 2-0 lead into the remaining 36 minutes.
Rochester would find the back of the net two more times before the end of the game, but it wasn't without a fight, as the Gulls got off three shots in the final 30 minutes, but all pushed just wide.
Staedeli concluded the game making one save. His final record in net for the season is 12-3-5 with 10 complete shutouts and one partial.
The Sea Gulls conclude the 2014 season as regular-season champions of the Capital Athletic Conference with a 6-1-2 record, while earning an at-large bid into their 12th national tournament. Through 20 matches, Salisbury scored 38 goals and only gave up 14, recording 11 shutouts for the season.