WASHINGTON, D.C. – Junior defender Tabitha Brown scored in the 90th minute, as the Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to our nation's capital to take on Catholic University on Saturday afternoon, and won 2-1.
Both teams came out fast in the first half, as Samantha Beck almost gave the Sea Gulls an early lead when her shot glanced off the crossbar just three minutes into the action.
Less than four minutes later, the Cardinals' Alexa Povelaites headed a ball off a corner kick into the box, but senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad grabbed the ball before it could make it to the goal, picking up her first save of the game.
Less than a minute later, the Catholic offense came attacking again, and this time, found the back of the net. Kirsten Wosleger took a shot from 18 yards out and guided it into the right corner of the net, making the score 1-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
The Sea Gulls had chances to even the score at the end of the half, with sophomore Carli Dixon and freshman Ruthie Lucas firing off shots, but Dixon's shot was saved by Catholic goalkeeper Lexi Halperin and Lucas' shot was blocked before it could get to the net.
For most of the second half, the Cardinals controlled the ball, not allowing the Sea Gulls to have a good chance on offense.
Just when it seemed like the Cardinals were going to come away with a win, the Sea Gulls struck back when junior forward Victoria Luc scored the equalizer in the 87th minute, taking a shot from 18 yards out that sailed low and by Halperin's feet into the net.
With one last chance before the end of regulation, Beck set up for a corner kick at 88:58, and launched the ball into the box. Brown found the ball in a group of Sea Gulls and Cardinals and headed it past the goalkeeper, notching the game winner for a 2-1 victory for Salisbury.
Conrad recorded four saves for the Sea Gulls, and played all 90 minutes in goal, while Halperin tallied six saves in front of the net for the Cardinals.
Salisbury held a slight 16-12 edge in shot attempts, while both teams had five corner kick opportunities.
The Sea Gulls' next match will take place at home when they take on Stevenson University on Tuesday. Game time is set at 4 p.m.