Luc scores in 87th minute; lifts Sea Gulls past Bobcats, 1-0

Luc scores in 87th minute; lifts Sea Gulls past Bobcats, 1-0

SALISBURY, Md. – Junior forward Victoria Luc notched her second game-winning goal in a row in the 87th minute as the Salisbury University women's soccer team defeated Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University, 1-0, at home on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls (5-3-3, 2-0 CAC) dominated play in the first half, controlling the ball for the bulk of the period and holding a 10-3 edge in shots against the Bobcats (7-3-2, 1-1 CAC).

The Salisbury offense came out strong and peppered the Frostburg State goal with 10 shots in the first half, but could not connect on any of the attempts.

Less than 22 minutes in, the Sea Gulls came close to taking a lead when a shot opportunity by Jenny Gavigan bounced off the post. Just four seconds later, SU had another chance when Jenna DeLetto fired off a shot that was blocked by a Bobcat defender.

Salisbury had several more chances to notch a goal in the half and could not manage to find the back of the net, but the Sea Gull defense held strong on the other side, not allowing any goals.  

The second half was played much like the first, with the Salisbury offense controlling the ball and taking several shot attempts in the period.

A slew of Sea Gulls took shots in the half, including shots from Logan O'Meara, Casey Arnone, and Gavigan that sailed just wide of the net.

The Salisbury defense, led by senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad, continued its strong play from the first half, allowing only four shot attempts from the Bobcats.

After some back and forth action, the clock was ticking late in the game, and SU was looking at the possibility of its sixth overtime match of the year, but the Sea Gull offense finally broke through.

In the 87th minute, Luc found an opening and dribbled the ball into the box. With the clock winding down, the Pasadena, Maryland native launched the ball past Bobcat goalkeeper Katie Smith and into the goal, proving to be the game winner.

Frostburg State put together a last ditch effort when Erin Worthman took a shot with just five seconds left, but Gavigan slid in and blocked the try just in time, assuring the win and giving Salisbury its first four-game win streak in two seasons.

Conrad recorded two key saves in goal for the Sea Gulls, while Smith tallied seven saves in front of the net for the Bobcats.

SU had a 20-7 advantage in shots, and held a slight 7-5 edge in corner kicks.

The women's soccer team raised awareness for breast cancer during the game, holding their second annual Pink Day. All proceeds from the game went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research.

The Sea Gulls will travel to take on Penn State University-Harrisburg on Wednesday, October 8 at 5 p.m. in another CAC matchup.

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