Men’s soccer ties first-place Christopher Newport University, 1-1

Men’s soccer ties first-place Christopher Newport University, 1-1

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team bent but did not break on Wednesday night against Christopher Newport University, coming away with a 1-1 draw.

The Captains (11-2-1, 6-0-1 CAC) tested Salisbury (6-8-2, 2-3-2 CAC) goalie Trevor Brookhart right away on a free kick from 20 yards out in the second minute, but Brookhart was there to make the save.

Defense dominated the rest of the first half, as the two teams combined for just nine shots. The Sea Gulls held a 5-4 edge in shots but only got one shot on goal. The maroon and gold held the high-powered Christopher Newport offense, which averages 4.31 goals per game, to just two shots on goal. Salisbury took the lone corner kick in the first half.

The Captains would put the pressure on coming out of the break, taking three shots in the first 10 minutes before Salisbury was called for a hand ball in the box in the 56th minute. Andrew Gogolin would convert on the penalty kick for the Captains to make it 1-0.

Salisbury would find the equalizer in the 66th minute as freshman Alton Walker, making his first career start, sent a ball into the box from 40 yards out. Sophomore Alex Eiben was on the receiving end, heading the ball in for his second goal of the season to tie this one up 1-1.

The goal would be the only shot of the second half for the Sea Gulls, as Christopher Newport controlled the second half of the match. Despite the 13 shots in the second frame for the Captains, they were unable to break through for the game winner, sending the game to overtime. Christopher Newport held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks in the second half.

Christopher Newport picked up where it left off in the first overtime, attempting the only three shots of the period. Salisbury attempted its only shot in either of the two overtime periods 11 seconds into the second overtime, but Nick Njuki's shot was saved by the Christopher Newport keeper. The Captains appeared to score the game winner with five minutes left in double overtime, but the goal was called back due to offsides. Christopher Newport would have one last chance on a free kick with 10 seconds left on the clock, but the Salisbury defense would clear the ball, resulting in a 1-1 tie.

Brookhart made eight saves in net for the Sea Gulls to end Christopher Newport's 10-game winning streak.

Salisbury plays its second straight road game on Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m. against Frostburg State.

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