SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team put together another stellar performance on Wednesday evening, coming away with a 2-0 victory against Catholic University of America.
Despite having a multitude of first-half opportunities, Salisbury (9-1, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) was unable to score against Catholic (6-3) until the second half. The Sea Gulls' relentless offense finally paid off in the 39th minute, when sophomore forward Emily Lemanski collected a rebound off of Catholic goalkeeper Analisa Scott's pads and fired the ball into the net. Less than seven minutes later, senior midfielder Hannah Miller ripped a shot into the center of the circle that was tipped in by junior forward Natalie Wilkinson for the 2-0 lead.
The final score did not reflect Salisbury's dominance on the stat sheet; while the Sea Gulls fired off 29 shots and earned 17 penalty corners, an outstanding defensive effort by Catholic kept them at bay for much of the game. In contrast, the Cardinals took just four shots and earned four penalty corners.
Junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor – who was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday – held her own in the cage, turning away three Cardinal shots. Her strong defensive line kept the ball on the other side of the field for much of the game. Scott made 12 saves for the Cardinals.
Tonight's win marked Salisbury's fifth shutout of the season. The Sea Gulls have now outscored their opponents 45-7 this season.
Salisbury now has a week to rest and prepare for its Capital Athletic Conference match-up against York College of Pennsylvania, which will be played on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.