Statesmen down Sea Gulls 2-0 to open 2018 campaign

Statesmen down Sea Gulls 2-0 to open 2018 campaign

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to Hobart College in the Elmer Lord Memorial Tournament on Friday afternoon in the 2018 season opener.

The Statesmen (1-0) got on the board early as August Martini found Alex Weisbein off a free kick. Weisbein found space on the right side of the box, where he headed in Martini's service for a 1-0 lead just 7:33 in.

Josh Woozley created several opportunities for the Sea Gulls (0-1) throughout the game, his first coming in the 34th minute. Woozley received the ball just ahead of two defenders, but his shot went right into the hands of Hobart goalkeeper Alec Kaminer.

Woozley then drew a foul inside the box in the 42nd minute, setting up a penalty kick for Peter Gutoskey. Gutoskey's penalty kick was turned away, however, as Kaminer kept the score 1-0 on a diving save.

Salisbury outshot Hobart 7-5 in the first half while attempting four corner kicks to the Statesmen's two.

Hobart extended its lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute as Tristan Cornell Roberts found Mouhamed Diouf in the center of the box. Diouf's shot slid just out of the reach of Salisbury goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart to give the Statesmen a two-goal advantage.

The Sea Gulls had several more chances the rest of the way, including Trent Hofmeister's header that was stopped just short of the goal, but Salisbury was unable to find the back of the net despite holding a 12-10 edge in shots and 8-3 advantage in corner kicks for the game.

Salisbury concludes the Elmer Lord Memorial Tournament on Saturday, September 1 as it hosts Moravian College at 3 p.m.

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