Sea Gulls use balanced attack and strong defense to defeat Ospreys, 2-0

Sea Gulls use balanced attack and strong defense to defeat Ospreys, 2-0

SALISBURY, Md. – Despite being slowed down by a lightning delay 10 minutes into the game, the Salisbury University women's soccer team got off to a fast start in the 2015 season, defeating Stockton University, 2-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls had chances early when junior Jayne Pinsky fired off a shot just over a minute into action that hit the left post and when senior Victoria Luc took a chance off the rebound that was blocked by an Osprey defender.

After back and forth action, lighting struck in the area 12 minutes into the contest, delaying the game for 45 minutes, but it did not take long for Salisbury to find the back of the net once play resumed.

At 12:06, junior Erin McQuate sent a ball into the middle of the box that senior Jenna DeLetto eventually found and fired past Stockton goalkeeper Nicole Pallante to put the Gulls up 1-0 early.

The Sea Gulls fended off a couple shot efforts from the Ospreys, but for most of the period, Salisbury maintained possession.

Three minutes before the half, Stockton forward Adrianna Boucher tried to equalize the game with a shot on goal, but sophomore goalkeeper Hope Knussman kept it from happening, earning the first save of her career and holding SU's lead at 1-0 going into the break.

The Gulls wasted no time scoring an insurance goal in the second period when senior Samantha Beck dribbled into the box from the right side and blasted the ball into the back of the net, giving Salisbury a 2-0 lead just over three minutes into the half.

At 68:57, the Sea Gulls had a chance to increase their lead to 3-0 when Luc took a shot just outside the box, but the ball glanced off the crossbar and was eventually picked up by Pallante.

Salisbury's back line, led by seniors Tabitha Brown, Casey Arnone, Heather Deamond and Heather Group, stayed strong the whole contest, allowing just five shots from Stockton during the game.

Knussman put forth a strong effort in front of the net, picking up two saves on the day, while Pallante notched three saves. The Sea Gulls outshot the Ospreys, 9-5, while holding a slight 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Salisbury will be back at home for the first day of the Salisbury University Classic on Saturday, September 5, when it takes on Washington and Lee University at the SU Soccer Complex. That game is set for 2 p.m.

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