St. Mary's City, Md. – The third-seeded Salisbury University men's soccer team travels to take on second-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls advanced to the semifinals after coming out on top in a penalty kick shootout in the first round. Salisbury and Christopher Newport were tied 1-1 after 110 minutes of play, with Josh Woozley scoring the equalizer with 25 seconds left in the first half. The Sea Gulls needed just four rounds of penalty kicks, as Trevor Brookhart came up with several big saves to win the shootout 3-1.
How they got here
The Seahawks earned the second seed after finishing conference play 4-2-1 and holding the tiebreaker over Salisbury with the head-to-head win during the regular season. St. Mary's also advanced on a penalty kick shootout in the first round as it edged Penn State University-Harrisburg 4-3 in the penalty kicks after a scoreless 110 minutes of action.
Scouting the Seahawks
St. Mary's boasts the number two scoring offense in the CAC at 2.44 goals per game. Leading the attack is junior forward Khalid Balogun, who ranks first in the conference with 31 points, 12 goals, seven assists, and 64 shots. Fellow junior Josh McRobie is tied for third in the CAC with eight goals while ranking fourth with 20 points. On the defensive end, the Seahawks check in at number four in the conference with a 0.81 goals-against average. Junior Patrick Paolini has started 15 of the team's 18 matches, posting a 0.86 goals-against average, which is good for fourth in the conference.
Last time we met
The two teams met October 10 at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium, with the Seahawks claiming a 1-0 win. The loss ended Salisbury's 10-match unbeaten streak. Balogun notched the game-winner in the 50th minute off an assist from Roshawn Panton.
Fourteen different players have tallied a goal for the Sea Gulls this season. Sophomore Kevin Eriksen leads the team with four goals on the year, while juniors Ryan Spadin and Stephen White are tied for second with three apiece. Four different players have tallied two goals and seven players have recorded one.
The winner of Wednesday's match advances to the CAC championship on Saturday, November 3 to face the winner of the University of Mary Washington/Frostburg State University match.