Salisbury, Washington and Lee play to 0-0 tie

Salisbury, Washington and Lee play to 0-0 tie

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team wrapped up its weekend trip through Virginia with a 0-0 tie against Washington and Lee University, Sunday afternoon at Watt Field.

Junior Michelle Conrad stopped six shots in 65 minutes of play to preserve the scoreless tie. Sophomores Jenna DeLetto and Logan O'Meara led the Sea Gull attack with two shots each.  

The Generals controlled the statsheet in the first half, but neither team took command of the game. Washington and Lee (11-1-1) outshot the Sea Gulls 9-3 in the first half but Conrad made three saves in the first 45 minutes to keep the scoreboard clean in the first half.

To start the second half, as has been the case the previous two contests, freshman Alesha Seifert broke the huddle for the second half in net for Salisbury (7-4-2), replacing Conrad. Today was the fourth time this season the Easton, Pa., native has seen action in relief.

It was a team defensive effort in total, as the entire Sea Gull defensive group chipped in. Washington and Lee had an opportunity to push ahead in the 66th minute when Lauren Abraham put a header on net, past Seifert, but the ball was kicked off the goal line by the Salisbury defense. Nearly four minutes later, Seifert made the first of her two saves when she stopped a header attempt by W&L's Katie Pettit.

Late in the contest, it was the Sea Gulls applying pressure to the W&L defense. In the 75th minute, following a General foul, Salisbury nearly got on the board when sophomore Tabitha Brown got a head on a free kick, sending the ball just high. Less than three minutes later, freshman Erin McQuate had the General goalie beat but the ball was turned away by a W&L defender.  

Neither team was able to was able to capitalize on opportunities and those in attendance were treated to bonus soccer.

To begin the first overtime period, Conrad was inserted back in goal. Midway through the first overtime period, Conrad was tested, preserving the scoreless tie. At the 94:56 mark, Haley Ward put a shot on goal that was turned away by the Smithtown, N.Y., native. The Sea Gull defense was unable to clear, with Conrad needing to make a save again just seven seconds later, thwarting the General attack.

Salisbury was outshot 5-2 in the second overtime period, but nearly pulled out the victory with 12 seconds left, as freshman Lindsey Andonian put a shot on goal that was saved by the Generals goalie. That would be the final attempt for either team, with the clock expiring for the scoreless tie result.

For the contest, W&L outshot the Sea Gulls 22-11.

The Sea Gulls have a midweek clash with new conference foe Christopher Newport University. That game is scheduled for Wednesday with a 6 p.m., start time in Newport News, Va.

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