GALLOWAY, N.J. – Newcomers Ruthie Lucas and Kylie Sanders each found the back of the net Wednesday night as the Salisbury University women's soccer team defeated Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 3-0.
Salisbury (1-1-1) played the role of the attacker in the first half, firing off four shots before Lucas got one past Richard Stockton goalkeeper Lauren Haynes from 30 yards out to take an early 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, at 37:51, Sanders took a shot from 25 yards out and guided the ball into the right side of the net to advance Salisbury's lead to 2-0.
Offense was a big factor in the first half for the Sea Gulls, but a strong defensive effort was present as well. Salisbury did not allow any Osprey shots in the first 45 minutes, leading 6-0 in the category at halftime.
The Sea Gulls did not waste any time getting on the board in the second half, when Victoria Luc took a ball from Heather Deamond and got behind the defense to score a goal inside the box. With a 3-0 lead, the rest of the second half was filled with defense. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad came up with two crucial saves and the rest of the defense held Richard Stockton to three shots in the period to keep the Ospreys (0-3) from any chance at a comeback.
Conrad played all 90 minutes in goal for the Sea Gulls and recorded two saves, while Haynes garnered three saves in front of the net for the Ospreys. Salisbury had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks and doubled Richard Stockton in shot attempts, with a 9-3 advantage.
The Sea Gulls will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the DoubleTree Tartan Cup on Saturday (September 6) and Sunday (September 7). SU will take on the host Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday at 11 a.m., and then will face Otterbein University on Sunday at 1 p.m.