MSOC: Hegewisch’s First Half Goal Seals Win for Gulls in ‘Derby at the Shore’

By LUCAS MCCOY

Staff Writer

The Salisbury University men’s soccer team got their second win in a row Wednesday afternoon, after defeating a very tough Washington College team in a gritty 1-0 victory on a blazing hot September afternoon.

The Gulls (3-0-1) were led on the offensive side of the ball by freshman midfielder Dolph Hegewisch, who managed to score the game’s only goal in the 35th minute of play.

In what seemed to be an almost impossible shot, Hegewisch received a great set up pass by junior defender Colby Fell and then launched a ball from a great distance away that went right over the head of Washington goalkeeper Josh Samuels into the back corner of the net.

“I saw the goalie off his line, and Colby played the ball down the line. I just looked up and put it over and gave it a go. It happened to go in,” Hegewisch said. “They were very good. They were a very big team. We had to work our way around playing their style. We had guys hurt like Leslie, guys that obviously help us a lot. We came in huge, and guys stepped up.”

With only one goal having been scored in the game, the Gulls defense led by senior Nathaniel Eiben and junior Mike Kramer stepped up tremendously to post another shutout victory. The defensive unit was led all game by senior goalkeeper Robert Fiackos, who accumulated five total saves and played an all-out effort through all 90 minutes of play.

“The way we play is that we stay very compact in the midfield and make them play over us. That plays into our strength because if you’ve seen Eiben and Kramer, they’re very big guys. They’ll win that ball nine times out of ten. We’ve been playing really well,” Fiackos said. “Going out without Leslie, you’re already starting off a little like ‘what are we gonna do?’ but I’m proud of how we played offensively.”

With star player Leslie Umunna injured and on the bench, the Sea Gulls had to change their offensive strategy in order to prepare for a tough Washington College team (1-4).

“Our game plan was to try to monopolize the ball and keep it in the attacking half as long as we could. However, our first Wednesday home game of the season doesn’t usually go to plan with guys taking classes and everything else. So, we had to try to scrap that one out a little more than we would have liked. But nevertheless, it’s still a good result,” Coach Alex Hargrove explained after the game.

“Dolph’s a guy who continues to get better and better the three weeks he’s been here. We put him on the field and said ‘hey, go run things out there.’ He put the team on his shoulders and got us off to a good start to finish off the first half there,” Coach Hargrove stated.

The Salisbury University men’s soccer team will get a short rest before their next game this weekend.  They look to extend their win streak on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they will travel to play Neumann. The Gulls topped the Knights 1-0 last year and are looking to get another hard fought victory.

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