LEXINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team relied on late magic from Logan O'Meara to earn a 1-1 tie at Washington and Lee University on Saturday afternoon.
The Generals (1-0-1) controlled the ball for much of the first half, and kept the Sea Gull defenders busy. Washington and Lee's Chandler Wickers fired a shot just 2:25 in, but senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad grabbed it to collect her first save of the game. Although playing strong defensively, Salisbury could not consistenly advance the ball on the offensive side, getting two shots in the period. The Generals kept picking at the Sea Gull defense until Alexa Dreyer got one past Conrad off an assist by Wickers with just 24 seconds left in the half. The Generals held an 8-2 shot advantage going into halftime.
Washington and Lee struggled to hold on to the ball in the second half, but the Generals' defense held strong for 88 minutes. Salisbury came knocking on the door and kept the ball on W&L's side for most of the half, but could not quite piece anything together. The Sea Gulls (0-1-1) almost evened the score when Conrad came up to the midfield line to take a free kick, placing a tricky ball into the box, only to be saved by Addie Healy.
With 10:30 to go in the game, Conrad made a diving save from a shot by Wickers to prevent a 2-0 deficit. The clock was ticking and the Gulls had one more chance with two minutes to go when O'Meara took advantage of a backwards header from a General defender in front of W&L's goal and fired in the equalizer to even the score at 1-1 and force overtime.
The Sea Gulls picked up right where they left off in the second half, and almost ended the game just a minute in to the first overtime period when Victoria Luc took a shot at the lower left corner of the goal that was saved at the last second by Healy. Neither team controlled the ball more than the other in the overtime periods. Both teams had chances to score, but could not capitalize in overtime. O'Meara almost nailed a game-winner with just two seconds left after getting a good look at the net, but the ball sailed wide right, ending the game in a 1-1 draw.
Salisbury held a 17-14 shot advantage, with Luc, O'Meara, and Lindsey Andonian each recording three or more shots in the contest. Conrad played strong at goal for the Sea Gulls, playing all 110 minutes of action and recording six saves. Healy had an identical game in goal for the Generals recording six saves as well.
Salisbury will travel to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on September 3 at 6 p.m.