BY STEPHEN CHOTT
The Salisbury men’s soccer team took the field Saturday and continued its strong start to the season with a 1-0 shutout against Neumann University.
“We wanted to attack them wide and with speed, which I think we did for the first 25 minutes,” Sea Gulls head coach Gerry DiBartolo said.
The lone goal was scored in the tenth minute of the contest by senior forward Matt Greene, giving him his second goal of the season. The goal was scored off a cross into the box from senior back Cy McNeil.
“It was a great team goal,” Greene said. “The ball movement between Chris Kittleberger and Cy McNeil opened up the play. Cy made it happen, and I just did the easy job to put it in the back of the net. There isn’t a better feeling than when five players combine for a goal.”
The Sea Gulls (5-1) dominated at the start of the game, but the Knights (1-4-1) continued to fight back forcing Salisbury to play defense much of the second half.
Salisbury had to work hard to preserve the lead in the final 45 minutes, as Neumann was able to control the ball and were persistent in their attempts to score an equalizer. They were able to come up with several shots, but all were stopped by the Gulls’ defense and senior goalkeeper Drew Staedeli.
“Naturally you’re up a goal and you don’t want to give up another one so you sit in a little. (Neumann) had the opportunity to hold the ball a little more but they never got really dangerous. They floated the ball into the box but we were able to stop those,” DiBartolo said.
The Sea Gulls’ win marks their second straight victory and second shut out of the season. Salisbury has been perfect at the SU soccer complex tallying a 3-0 record at home. DiBartolo credits their strong start to the depth of their team and the ability to substitute players without seeing a drop in quality or consistency.
“We’ve been able to put in player after player and the level and quality of our play stays pretty consistent,” DiBartolo said.
The victory begins a four game home stretch for the Gulls, as they prepare to battle Eastern, York; a conference game, and Catholic throughout the next two weeks.