ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team competed against Capital Athletic Conference opponent St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday afternoon and was defeated, 2-0, snapping a five-game winning streak.
Although the first half was scoreless, the Sea Gulls (6-4-3, 3-1 CAC) held the Seahawks in check in the period, controlling the ball and holding a 6-3 shot advantage.
Just over four minutes in, sophomore forward Lindsey Andonian had an opportunity to give Salisbury an early lead, but her shot was collected by St. Mary's (6-4-2, 3-1 CAC) goalkeeper Sydney Larkin in the box.
Despite the lack of scoring in the half, senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad and the Salisbury defense held strong, denying St. Mary's. Conrad racked up two saves in the period.
Salisbury got off three shots in the first 25 minutes of the second half, but all three attempts were saved by Larkin. Soon after, a foul in the box at 72:22 put St. Mary's in scoring position, setting it up for a penalty kick. Seahawk forward Gillian Sawyer took the attempt and converted, giving St. Mary's a 1-0 lead.
Just seven minutes later, Maria Bertoni gave the Seahawks an insurance goal when she fired a high ball over Conrad's head and into the back of the net.
The Sea Gulls tried to mount a comeback late in the game when Logan O'Meara took a shot at 82:26, but the ball sailed over the goal.
SU had one more chance to get something on the board on an opportunity by Lauren Minghenelli, but the shot attempt was blocked and then cleared out by the St. Mary's defense, sealing the victory for the Seahawks.
Conrad tallied four saves and played all 90 minutes in goal for Salisbury, while Larkin grabbed six saves for St. Mary's in front of the net.
The Sea Gulls held a slight 11-8 advantage in shot attempts in the match.
Salisbury will be back on the road for its second straight game on Wednesday, October 15 when it takes on Marymount University at 4 p.m., in CAC play.