Salisbury, Md. – A four goal second half propelled the Salisbury University men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Misericordia University Saturday afternoon.
Both Salisbury (2-5) and Misericordia (0-6) had chances in the first half but were unable to get on the board thanks to solid goalie play on each side. Misericordia had a chance ten minutes into the match but Salisbury keeper Trevor Brookhart was able to make a reaching save, keeping the game scoreless. With 14 minutes remaining in the half, sophomore Dolph Hegewisch ripped a shot but Misericordia goalkeeper Patrick Hoffman made a diving save to keep the game locked at 0-0. Salisbury held the edge in both shots, 6-5, and corner kicks, 4-3, at the half.
Hegewisch was able to break the tie 8:19 into the second half after beating a defender on the left side of the box and chipping the ball past Hoffman to give the Sea Gulls a 1-0 lead. Hegewisch tallied his second of the day just over seven minutes later after a Cougar defender misplayed the ball in the box. Hegewisch capitalized on the mistake as he headed the ball over Hoffman to extend the Salisbury lead to 2-0.
Fellow sophomore Ryan Spadin got in on the action after receiving a pass from Cameron Wilson and curling his shot past several defenders into the lower right hand corner of the goal. Spadin's goal came in the 74th minute, less than three minutes after Hegewisch's, to give the Sea Gulls a 3-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Stephen White scored his first career goal with 2:18 remaining in the match off a pass from Kevin Eriksen. Eriksen's first career assist snuck past a Misericordia defender and found White waiting in front of the goal to tap it home and give the maroon and gold a 4-0 advantage. The four goals surpassed Salisbury's season output.
The senior backline of Colby Fell, Nick Carrington, and Michael Kramer held Misericordia to just four shots in the second half and only two shots on goal in the match. Brookhart was there to collect those two shots on goal, giving him his second shutout of the season.
Overall Salisbury tallied 16 shots to Misericordia's nine, while the Cougars held a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
Salisbury travels to play Stevenson University on Wednesday, September 20. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.