SALISBURY, Md. - On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the Wesley College men's soccer team fell 2-0 to the Salisbury University Seagulls in both teams' regular season finale.
The Capital Athletic Conference matchup pitted two of the top squads against each other, with both having already locked up playoff berths but uncertain of their seeding. With the win the Seagulls locked up a first round bye with the tournament's top seed. Wesley will retain the third seed in the tournament and host the sixth seed in the first round on Saturday.
The Wolverines were outshot 21-13 by the Seagulls over the course of the game, but Wesley put more of their attempts on goal, forcing Salisbury goalkeeper Drew Staedeli into five saves. He earned the shutout win in net for the Seagulls while Wesley's Ryan Sanders took a two-save loss in net.
Salisbury netted an early goal, scoring in the 18th minute on a through ball from just outside the 18-yard line. The goal put the home team ahead 1-0 and forced the Wolverines to press forward for the remainder of the game in search of the equalizer. The Wolverines put four efforts on net in the first half but could not beat the Salisbury keeper. The two teams headed into the half with Wesley trailing 1-0.
In the second half, Wesley continued their search for an equalizer, but were knocked on their heels by a second goal from Salisbury. A headed effort put the Seagulls ahead 2-0 in the 55th minute, adding an important insurance goal.
Wesley continued to push forward for the remaining 35 minutes of play, but couldn't find the net, placing only one shot on goal in the final frame.
The Wolverines finish the regular season with a record of 9-8-1, including a 6-3-0 record in conference play. For the first time since 2008, the Wolverines will host a CAC playoff game, earning the third seed in the conference tournament. Opponent and time are both to be determined as the remaining CAC games are played.