Budd notches late game-winner to lift men's soccer over Captains

Budd notches late game-winner to lift men's soccer over Captains

SALISBURY, Md. – One chance was all the Salisbury University men's soccer team needed, as the only shot on goal resulted in a 1-0 victory over Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon.

Robbie Budd's header off a Stephen White cross with just 1:38 remaining in regulation gave Salisbury its second win in a row with the game-winner coming in the final three minutes.

The first shot on goal for either team came in the 10th minute by Christopher Newport (6-7, 2-3 CAC). The Captains' shot was turned away on a nice leg save by Salisbury (10-2-2, 3-1-1 CAC) goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart to keep the match scoreless.

Brookhart came up with another big save in the 37th minute after a defensive miscue in Salisbury's own end. The senior finished the first half with four saves as the Captains fired off nine total shots.

The Sea Gulls were able to generate just two shots in the first half, with neither coming on target, to go along with one corner kick.

Christopher Newport's first chance of the second half came on a blast from Stephen Durbin from 20 yards out, but his shot went right into the hands of Brookhart. Durbin followed that up with another hard-hit shot, forcing Brookhart to make a diving save.

Despite the five previous shots, including three in the second half, Salisbury was unable to get any on frame. However, the Sea Gulls finally broke through with time winding down. Dylan Parks sent a pass to the far corner, where White ran onto the ball, sent a cross into the middle of the box, and Budd delivered a header over the top of the Christopher Newport goalkeeper for the 1-0 win.

Brookhart made a season-high seven saves in the match while recording his eighth shutout of the season.

Salisbury hits the road for its final two matches of the regular season, first traveling to take on Southern Virginia University on Saturday, October 20. The Sea Gulls and Knights are scheduled to begin play at 5 p.m.

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