SALISBURY, Md. – A defensive battle finally gave way as Gettysburg College converted on a penalty kick in double overtime to down the Salisbury University men's soccer team 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Salisbury's (0-2) defense battled all game, limiting Gettysburg's (2-0) chances on net. Senior captain Michael Kramer blocked a promising shot attempt by Patrick Santini less than three minutes into the game.
Santini had another great opportunity midway through the first half but Salisbury goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart was right there to stop the header.
The Sea Gull's first shot on goal didn't come until the 25th minute of the game, but Brooks Zentgraf sent the shot straight to Bullets keeper Max Karen.
Salisbury had another opportunity to put one in the back of the net as the ball bounced across the top of the box, but Matthew Zimmerman's shot sailed high.
Gettysburg outshot Salisbury 7-2 in the first half and held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
Defense dominated the second half as well with both teams struggling to create scoring opportunities.
The best chance for Gettysburg came as the ball trickled through the box and Jeff Schaefer had an open shot, but Brookhart made a leg save to keep the game scoreless.
The first overtime saw neither team with a shot attempt. Salisbury had two corner kicks but the Gettysburg defense successfully cleared both.
Hegewisch recorded the only shot of either overtime three minutes into the second overtime period, but it was blocked by the Bullets defense.
After more back and forth play, Gettysburg got the ball deep into Salisbury territory and were awarded a penalty kick after a push in the back in the box following a throw-in.
Santini converted on the penalty kick with 1:40 left in the second overtime to hand the Sea Gulls their second loss to start the season.
Salisbury limited Gettysburg to just two shots in the second half while getting off six of their own. Brookhart finished the day with four saves for the maroon and gold.
The Sea Gulls look to pick up their first win when they travel to Neumann University on Tuesday, September 5 for a 7 p.m match.