Late Osprey goal in double overtime downs Sea Gulls

Late Osprey goal in double overtime downs Sea Gulls

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team fell in its home opener to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon on a late goal in double overtime, 1-0.

The Sea Gulls maintained much of the momentum throughout the game but were unable to put away any of their 15 shots.

The teams battled back-and-forth in the midfield during the first half, but SU (1-2) was able to break the Osprey defense more often to outshoot its opponent, 7-3.

After going into halftime with a scoreless tie, the Sea Gulls took their best chances in the second half.

At the 62:37 mark, the Gulls had a free-kick opportunity from 20 yards out, and sophomore defender Tabitha Brown ripped a shot that zipped just over the crossbar.

Less than eight minutes later, sophomore forward Victoria Luc looked to have the winning goal in hand as the Gulls strung a series of passes across the 18-yard box to Luc for a wide open shot, but the Pasadena, Md., native was called for offsides.

In order to preserve the tie and force the overtime periods, junior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad made two acrobatic, diving saves in the 74th and 87th minutes. Both Osprey shots were from close range, but Conrad's quick reflexes kept the Gulls in the game.

After a first-overtime period with little action, junior forward Morgan Brasch ripped a shot in the 103rd minute of the second overtime that looked to be the game-winning goal from just outside the 18-yard box, but the ball skimmed over the crossbar.

Richard Stockton took advantage of a final cross from Alexa Fama, as Adrianna Boucher found the back of the net to win the match for the Ospreys in the 108th minute.

Conrad played the entire game in the goal for Salisbury and made four saves.

The Gulls will be in action again on Friday in the first game of the Salisbury University Classic as they will host Bridgewater (Va.) College at 5:30 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.

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