GRANTHAM, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's soccer dropped to .500 for the season with a 2-0 loss Saturday evening against No. 11 Messiah College.
Facing a stifling Falcon defense, junior goalie Michelle Conrad kept Salisbury (3-3) in the game, making seven saves in the contest.
Messiah (4-2) got on the board early in the first half, as Nikki Elsaesser put a shot past Conrad. Emily Schneider dribbled down the left side of the field, passed to Elsaesser, who put a shot into the upper left corner of the net 14:19 into the contest to give the Falcons the early lead.
It was tough going for Salisbury, which didn't get off a shot until 9:48 remaining in the first half when freshman Jayne Pinsky challenged Messiah goalie Audra Larson. That was the lone shot for the Sea Gulls in the first half, being outshot by Messiah 7-1, with the Falcons holding a 5-1 edge in shots on goal for the first 45 minutes.
Messiah padded its lead 10:23 into the second half when Elsaesser scored her second goal of the contest, this time assisted by Corrine Wulf. Wulf dribbled the ball into the box, stopped and dropped the ball off to Elsaesser, who put the ball into the right corner of the net.
The Falcons controlled the action for much of the contest and held the advantage on the statsheet as well. For the game, Messiah outshot Salisbury 13-2, with a 9-1 edge in shots on goal. It wasn't until 33:28 had gone by in the second half before freshman Jenny Gavigan got off Salisbury's second shot of the game, which went high.
Messiah held an 7-2 advantage in corner kicks in the game.
Salisbury is back in action this Wednesday, Sept. 18, welcoming Virginia Wesleyan College to the SU Soccer Complex. That contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.