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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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Salsman never threw in the towel on his college career, despite a lack of early playing time that Findlay said may have caused other players to abandon a sport.

The result of his patience is paying off for the Crusaders, as Salsman's steady play in net has been a driving force for the Crusaders.

Salsman, described by Findlay as a humble kid, was quick to deflect the credit for his success.

"These accomplishments do mean a lot to me but they also show that I have played with some good teams the last two years," Salsman wrote. "Ultimately though, my greatest accomplishments at SU have been being part of the program's first back-to-back conference championships."

Keller has played an important role around the ball during his two years at Susquehanna after transferring from Bloomsburg.

Much like Aurand, Keller made his first Crusaders goal special, scoring the game-winning goal against Grove City last year in his first game with Susquehanna.

"(He's) someone we've relied on down the down the stretch," Findlay said. "He plays good defense and brings a lot of energy when he's on the field."

Perhaps Findlay best described the dynamic of the Crusaders when recounting the moment earlier this week when four of his players, including Salsman, were named as Landmark all-conference selections.

Findlay sent each of his honorees a text message after learning of their accomplishment.

According to Findlay, each player responded: "Thanks, but (the honor) means nothing to me. I'm just happy to be on the team."

With the success of Susquehanna soccer over the past two seasons, Findlay may be most happy to have them on his team.

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