SALISBURY, Md. -- Salisbury extended its winning streak to 12 games and bought its ticket to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship, defeating Frostburg State 1-0 in the semifinal match on Wednesday afternoon.
Late-game heroics by junior captain Stephen Poorman put the Sea Gulls on the board with under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Salisbury (17-2) was awarded a free kick on the right side of the 18-yard box after a foul blew the play dead in the 81st minute. Junior forward Tanner East took the honors and placed a flawless cross to the backside post where the ball met the foot of Poorman. He blasted a hard-lined ball past Bobcats' goalkeeper Hassan Mostafa from two-yards out to put the Gulls on the scoreboard. Along with the game winner, Poorman recorded five shots, four on goal, through his 90 minutes of play.
Salisbury saw many opportunities throughout the game, but Mostafa pulled in eight saves before the Gulls found the back of the net late in the second period. For the match, SU totaled 17 shots, nine on goal, while Frostburg made eight attempts, one on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli added another victory to his record, moving him into sole position of most wins through an individual season in program history with 17. The backline led by senior Chase Humphrey, held strong, leaving Staedeli to pull in only one attempt for the game. The outstanding defensive performance added the 14th shutout of the season to Salisbury's record.
The men now head into the championship match set for Saturday at the SU Soccer Complex. As the top seed, Salisbury will host second-seeded York (Pa.) after the Spartans advanced past Christopher Newport in penalty kicks 2-2 (3-1) to move to the finals.
No. 5 Stevens Institute 5, Nazareth 0
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The top-seeded Stevens Institute rolled into the Empire 8 championship title match with a 5-0 shutout of fourth-seeded Nazarethon Wednesday at the De Baun Athletic Complex.
With the win, Stevens improves to 15-1-1 overall and has now won 10 consecutive dating back to Sept. 28. Nazareth ends its season with a record of 6-11-0.
Zeke Hemme led Stevens with three points from his backfield position. Joe Celitti had two assists, with the Stevens defense recording its 10th shutout of the year. Senior goalkeeper Paul Killian earned the win in goal and combined with freshman Mike Renna and senior Kyle DeKlerk for the shutout.
Stevens finished with a 17-6 margin in shots and a 6-1 edge in corners.