PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team took on No. 9 Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday in the first round of the DoubleTree Tartan Cup, and were defeated 2-0.
Following the trend of the previous two games for the Sea Gulls (1-2-1), the first half was full of defense. Although neither team could find the back of the net in the period, the Tartans controlled the ball and kept the Sea Gull defenders busy. Salisbury was held without a shot in the first half, while Carnegie Mellon (3-0) managed to get off seven shots. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad collected two saves in the period, including a diving save off a shot by Sienna Stritter at 36:52.
The second half was a different story, as the Tartans were able to find an answer to the scoreless first half. Less than 14 minutes into the period, Carson Quiros took advantage of a corner kick and got one past Conrad to take a 1-0 lead. Carnegie Mellon fired off two more shots before increasing its lead to 2-0 after Haili Adams took a ball from Alli McGugan and sent it into the upper net at 77:48.
The Tartans held the Sea Gulls to one shot in the game, with Logan O'Meara taking the lone attempt for Salisbury, while CMU took 15 shots on the day. Conrad played all 90 minutes in goal and recorded four saves, while SU was credited with two team saves as well. Katie Liston picked up one save for the Tartans. Carnegie Mellon had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Sea Gulls will take on Otterbein University on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for the second day of the DoubleTree Tartan Cup.