BY STEPHEN CHOTT
After a cloudy day at the SU soccer complex, the Sea Gulls defeated York College, 2-0 in their first Capital Athletic Conference game of the season Saturday afternoon.
“We have nine real important games each year – being our conference games. This was our first and it was important to get a win in our first conference game and important to get a win after the tough game on Wednesday,” Sea Gulls head coach Gerry DiBartolo said.
The wind blew strong in the first half as both teams failed to score. However, the Sea Gulls (6-2) came out strong in the second half and took the lead in the 67th minute as sophomore forward Brooks Zentgraf headed in a ball crossed over the middle by senior midfielder Taylor Groginski.
“Taylor crossed it directly over the box and it took a lucky bounce for me to just hit it in,” Zentgraf said.
Salisbury struck one more time in the 73rd minute as junior midfielder Leslie Umunna broke away from the defense and chipped the ball over the head of York’s junior goalkeeper, Charlie Johnson. The goal sealed the victory, and got the conference schedule off to a strong start.
“It’s great to get our first win heading into CAC’s,” Zentgraf said. “It really sets the tone for the rest of the season.”
With thunderstorms in the forecast, and the strong winds that had been present throughout the game, Salisbury players had to adjust in order to make accurate passes and keep the York offense off the board.
“Going against the wind in the first half didn’t give us a lot of opportunities. Our hope was to come out of the half tied 0-0 and if we did that we felt that was an accomplishment for us,” DiBartolo said. “With the wind at our back in the second half it gave us a little more confidence to move forward and a little more confidence to try and take some chances.”
The Sea Gulls finish the month with a matchup against Catholic Wednesday afternoon at the SU soccer complex. Salisbury then hits one of the tougher stretches of its schedule as they head on the road to play five of their next six games.