YORK, PA – The Salisbury University Sea Gulls outlasted the York College Spartan men's soccer team 8-7 in penalty kicks to survive and advanced to the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference semifinals. The teams tied 1-1 as 110 minutes of play on the field wasn't sufficient to settle the issue so the teams went to a prolonged nine round shootout to see who advanced in the tournament.
Match #18 – CAC Touranment First Round
Records: York (Pa.) 7-8-3, Salisbury 8-8-3
Shots: York 22, Salisbury 12
Shots on Goal: York 12, Salisbury 4
Corner Kicks: York 7, Salisbury 7
Saves: York 3, Salisbury 11
Fouls: York 14, Salisbury 15
How It Happened
• The Spartans struck early as Danny Morgan collected a poor punt from Salisbury goalie Trevor Brookhart at midfield. Morgan slotted a beautiful pass to Nathan Bilbie who took a running shot from outside the top of the box. Bilbie's hard ground ball was perfectly placed as he snuck it inside the far left post for the 1-0 Spartan lead a mere 3:03 into the game.
• The Sea Gulls almost tied it at one just over a minute later as an unidentified Spartan defender cleared a Dolph Hegewisch shot off the line to keep the Spartans in front.
• The Spartans continued to pressure the Sea Gull defense as they fired off six straight shots over the next 10 minutes of play. Unfortunately for York, none of the attempts found the back of the net.
• The Green and White ended the first half with a 9-4 edge in shots while Salisbury had a 3-2 margin in corner kicks for the opening 45 minutes.
• York had a golden scoring chance early in the second half freshman standout Zion Friday had a breakaway. Brookhart came out and challenged the play and made a tough save to keep York at one.
• The Gulls tied the score up just over ten minutes later as York was called for a questionable foul just inside the box on the right wing. Nick Carrington stepped up and converted the penalty kick and motioned to the Spartan crowd after notching his fifth goal of the year.
• The action would be furious until the 72nd minute when Spartan defender Brook Addisu was injured inside the Spartan box. His injury halted the game for 41 minutes before play resumed.
• The game continued to be rugged as the two teams, as they often do, played physically and tough.
• Morgan had the best last chance for the Spartans as he had a shot cleared off the line with 30 seconds left in regulation. The two teams would head to extra time.
• York carried the play in the first overtime, outshooting the Sea Gulls 5-0 including putting two of those shots on goal but, again, the Green and White couldn't convert the game-winner.
• The second overtime would prove to be bereft of scoring chances as the teams headed to penalty kicks to decide the advancing team.
• Salisbury started the PKs and Carrington converted the chance inside the right post for the 1-0 Salisbury lead. Brookhart then saved Bilbie's opening chance with a sprawling stop.
• In the second round, Salisbury Hegewisch hit the crossbar in the middle of the goal as the ball bounded away. Morgan tied the shootout at one with a nifty finish.
• In round three, Michael Kramer hit a shot inside the left post for the conversion. Chris Hobbs answered Kramer's conversion with a good goal of his own.
• Round four saw both kickers miss as Alex Eiben hit his off the left post and Ethan Lloyd missed wide, leaving the score tied at two heading to the fifth round.
• Round five saw Nick Njuki hit a ball to the right side of the net. Devin Weiner got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it from crossing the line as the Gulls took the lead. Senior Joel Teston kept the shootout going with a conversion to tie the kicks at three.
• The next four rounds saw each team convert their chances. Joseph Scarpinato, Stephen White, Alton Walker, and Brooks Zentgraf made their chances for Salisbury while Barak Amige, Ben Mochan, Cristobal Corvalan, and Keith Witherell each converted their kicks for York.
• Brookhart then stepped out, hit a slow roller that found the right side of the net for the eventual game winner. Brookhart then stopped the Spartan chance to secure the 8-7 penalty kick win.
Nathan Bilbie: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Danny Morgan: 1 assist, 3 shots on goal
Zion Friday: 6 shots, 3 shots on goal
Keith Witherell: 2 shots on goal
Sea Gull Leaders:
Nick Carrington: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Dolph Hegewisch: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Brooks Zentgraf: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Ryan Spadlin: 2 shots
Billy Bridegum (YCP): 110 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves (Tie, 7-7-3)
Trevor Brookhart (SAL): 110 minutes played, 1 goal against, 10 saves (Tie, 8-8-3)
The all-time series is now 25-16-7 in favor of Salisbury … in the CAC tournament, the Gulls have a 8-5-2 lead in the series … York is now 2-0-2 against Salisbury at home in the CAC Tournament … York is now 33-15-4 all-time in the CAC Tournament … York is now 2-2 in shootouts in the CAC tournament including a 1-1 against Salisbury in PKs … York's win came in the 2010 championship game when they earned a 4-3 PK win … Brook Addisu was in the locker room after the game with his teammates after being checked out by doctors … Salisbury did not score during the run of play during the game with their goal coming on a PK and the shootout win … York finished the year 3-4-2 at home … York finished the year with a record of 0-2-3 in overtime this year, losing to Randolph 1-0 in the first overtime and to Christopher Newport in the second overtime while they tied Stevenson, Salisbury in the regular season and Salisbury in the tournament … three of the overtimes came at home.
Tonight's result ends the Spartans' season. York must say goodbye to three outstanding seniors as Ben Mochan, Chris Hobbs, and Joel Teston have donned the Green and White for the final time in their careers. Spartan head coach Evan Scheffey well welcome back almost his entire squad for the 2018 season.