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November 14, 2013

College soccer: Selinsgrove trio helping Susquehanna men succeed

Salsman is program's top keeper

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Findlay was quick to mention the talented supporting cast that Aurand had around him in high school, support that has continued at Susquehanna.

While Aurand scored many goals during his high school career, he hadn't found the net in college until Saturday night, picking an opportune time to score his first collegiate goal.

"I was struggling to get a goal all season, then to score a goal in the championship was really surprising and exciting," Aurand said. "I just wanted to score for all the seniors because I knew it was their last year."

One of those seniors -- Salsman -- was manning the net for the Crusaders.

Although he admitted to not being certain at first which teammate had scored, Salsman quickly learned during the celebration it was Aurand.

"When I realized it was David (who scored), I thought to myself, 'What a great time for someone to get their first collegiate goal,' Salsman wrote in an email. "I was happy for David because he has worked really hard this season to transition into college soccer. He has been great in practice and it was only a matter of time before he put one in the back of the net."

Similar to Aurand, Salsman's work ethic allowed him to transition to the college game and, eventually, into a starting role.

Since assuming the starting job two years ago, Salsman made himself into one of the top goalkeepers in program history and in the Landmark Conference. Recently, Susquehanna fans watched Salsman etch his name atop the Crusaders' record books as the program leader in career wins and career shutouts.

In setting the wins record, Salsman passed one of his assistant coaches, B.J. Merriam, who played for the Crusaders from 2004-07 and finished with 27 wins.

"Coach Merriam has always been a great supporter of the other goalkeepers and myself," Salsman wrote. "He congratulated me and told me that I deserved the records because I worked hard and never gave up."

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