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SU Men's Soccer Makes NCAA Tournament Run

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SALISBURY, Md. - Knocking off Greensboro with a decisive 4-0 win Saturday, the Salisbury men's soccer team got off to a booming start in the NCAA tournament, the team's fifteenth shut-out of the season.

Up next - the defending champions, the Messiah Falcons in Sunday's second round, and they weren't letting the title go easily.

They found the back of the net early, landing three goals midway through the first half.

Down 3-0 at halftime, the Sea Gulls had to regroup.

"I feel better about the second half than the first half," Logan Becker said.

They came out and held off Messiah in the second, but despite taking more shots on goal the Gulls weren't able to put any away.

"I think we got a lot out of this team," said Head Coach Gerry DiBartolo. "Was this team good enough to go all the way? I think it was."

But the team's eleventh NCAA appearance ended in the second round with an all too familiar shut-out to close their 18-4 season.

"There was a grit this year that we didn't have last year," Becker said. "We battled, and we helped each other out whenever we could."

Their efforts showed in their record. The Sea Gulls were 9-7-2 in 2012, and they doubled the win column this year.

They'll work to keep the same toughness and bond next year when they replace six seniors in another push for the NCAA tournament.

"We've got a lot of really strong, competitive players coming back," DiBartolo said. But I think these guys did a great job this year."

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