Sea Gulls tie Marlins 1-1 after late PK from Gavigan

Sea Gulls tie Marlins 1-1 after late PK from Gavigan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – After a late penalty-kick opportunity for sophomore Jenny Gavigan was successful, the Salisbury University women's soccer team came back to tie Virginia Wesleyan College 1-1 on Tuesday night.

As soon as the first half started, the Marlins (3-3-2) went on the attack. Virginia Wesleyan took advantage of an early corner kick opportunity and scored just 1:33 in the game when Annie Hartman found Kristen Mack, who kicked the ball into the back of the net from five yards out to take a 1-0 lead.

From then on, the match turned into a defensive battle that saw the Sea Gulls trying to play catch-up with the Marlins. Salisbury (1-3-3) had several chances to even the score in the first half, firing off a total of nine shots and controlling the ball for most of the period.

Sophomore Lindsey Andonian had three opportunities to tie the game in a two minute span, from 23:59 to 25:59, taking three shots on goal, including one that sailed just wide of the net.

Unlike the first period, Virginia Wesleyan controlled the ball for the bulk of the second half, but the Salisbury defense, led by senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad and junior Tabitha Brown, held strong and would not allow another Marlin goal.

Conrad came up with a key save in the middle of the period when Maddie Sanders shot a ball that was collected by Conrad. It looked as if the Marlins were going to take a 1-0 victory, but after Gavigan was fouled in the box late in the match, the tides changed. Gavigan set up for her penalty kick, and evened the score at 1-1 when she sent the ball in the right side of the net with less than four minutes left in regulation.

The overtime periods were a defensive struggle, as both teams could not manage to find any offense for a shot at a game-winning goal. Andonian led the team in shots with three on the game, while Sanders tallied four shots for Virginia Wesleyan.

Conrad played all 120 minutes in goal for the Sea Gulls, gathering six saves on the night. Megan Gerhart had an identical game, recording six saves in the contest. Salisbury had a 15-11 shot advantage, while corner kicks were even at four each.

SU looks to get set to take on Catholic University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

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