SALISBURY, Md. – Junior Samantha Beck cut down the left side of the 18-yard box, took a pass from junior Victoria Luc, and scooted the ball into the back of the net to score the game-winning goal in the second-overtime period to lift the Salisbury University women's soccer team past Stevenson University, earning SU a 3-2 victory at home on Tuesday afternoon.
The first half of the game consisted of a defensive skirmish, with both teams struggling to find scoring opportunities.
Stevenson (2-4-3) led the period in shots, 6-2, but the Sea Gull defense and goalkeeper Michelle Conrad held strong, not allowing any goals in the half, with Conrad picking up three saves.
The second half began much like the first, but 15 minutes in the floodgates would open, with the teams combining for four goals in the final 30 minutes of the period.
The Mustangs opened up the scoring when Alexis Siejack headed in a goal 59:42 off a throw in.
Two minutes later, the Sea Gulls (3-3-3) retaliated with a goal of their own. Logan O'Meara took a pass at the top of the 18 yard box, dribbled to the right and past a Stevenson defender, and rocketed the ball into the upper right corner of the goal, tying the score 1-1.
Less than two minutes later, Luc capitalized off a cross from Kandace Racine from the right side and chipped the ball over Mustang goalkeeper Katelynn Giannacini, giving Salisbury a 2-1 lead.
The Sea Gulls held the lead for the next 20 mintues, but Stevenson's Jordan Porretto took a ball from Jamie Matlock, and scored the equalizer from the top of the box with less than six minutes left in regulation to force the extra time.
The teams battled back-and-forth through the first overtime period, but neither was able to find the back of the net. With limited chances in the first overtime, Luc took the lone shot of the period.
With the Sea Gulls looking at the possibility of their fourth draw of the year heading into the second overtime, the Salisbury offense erased that chance just three and a half minutes into the period, with Becks' game winner.
Conrad recorded four saves in goal for SU, while Giannacini notched a save in front of the net for the Mustangs.
Both teams had 10 shot attempts in the game, while Stevenson held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, September 27 when the Sea Gulls will take on Southern Virginia University in their first Capital Athletic Conference matchup of the season. First touch is set at 1 p.m.