BY STEPHEN CHOTT
Missed opportunities plagued the Sea Gulls as they fell to Catholic University, 1-0 yesterday evening at the SU Soccer Complex.
Throughout the first half, the Sea Gulls (6-3, 1-0 CAC) had many opportunities to score, but weren’t able to find the back of the Catholic (4-5-1) goal.
“We dominated for ninety-percent of the game, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” junior midfielder Tyler Andrus said.
The weather held up with storms and rain projected to hit Salisbury, but only clouds loomed over as both teams took the field.
The Sea Gulls were on the attack early and had eight shots in the first half but failed to reach the back of the net. Salisbury has struggled to score any goals in the first 45 minutes of the past three games, with two of the matches ending in shutout losses.
Despite the slow start to games, the lack of first half goals is not concerning for head coach Gerry DiBartolo as he believes the opportunities are there.
“If we weren’t getting the chances I would say that’s an issue, but the issue is that we aren’t finishing the chances we’re creating,” DiBartolo said. “We did the things we wanted to and had players in good spots. The problem was that we weren’t lucky or fortunate enough to put them in the back of the net.”
For SU, the second half mirrored the first, as the Sea Gulls put up another eight shots that failed to get past the Cardinals’ goalkeeper. In the fifty-fourth minute, Catholic was able to take the lead when midfielder Tyler Zimmerman took a shot that deflected off SU’s senior goalkeeper, Drew Staedeli and went into the goal.
“Defensively I think we’re fine,” Andrus said on the team’s adjustments moving forward. “We just need to put the ball in the back of the net and convert on our chances.”
The Sea Gulls have had four multi-goal games so far this season, but continue to work on scoring as they struggle on the offensive side of the ball.
The Sea Gulls will have two conference games on the road as they travel to play Southern Virginia and St. Mary’s. The team returns home to the SU Soccer Complex on October 10 to face Penn St.-Harrisburg.