LYNCHBURG, Va. – In a hard-fought battle on the first night of the Shellenberger Soccer Classic, the Salisbury University women's soccer team fell to defending national champion and top-ranked Lynchburg College, 2-0, in non-conference play.
The first 16 minutes of action went shot-less, with both teams controlling the ball. After the back-and-forth action, the Hornets broke through and got on the board first.
At 19:05, Jade Woll passed a ball into the box that was deflected and Hannah Olds took advantage of the ball and sent into the right corner of the net to go up 1-0.
Lynchburg rattled off four more shots in the period before sophomore goalkeeper Hope Knussman came up with a big save with just over two minutes left to keep the Hornets from doubling their lead heading into the break.
The Hornets held a 7-0 shot advantage in the first half, while holding a 2-0 edge in corners.
Lynchburg acted quickly in the second half, taking a 2-0 advantage just under eight minutes in. Camille Bartley dribbled down the left line and sent a ball into the right side of the box that Morgan Singer finished to notch the goal.
At 81:02, Salisbury had a chance when senior Christine Clark took header that went just to the right of the goal. The Sea Gulls kept fighting and nearly scored again when sophomore Carliane LaGuerre took a shot just outside of the box that sailed over the goal.
Knussman played all 90 minutes in goal for the Sea Gulls, picking up two saves on the night, while Tess Frelick recorded a save in front of the net for the Hornets.
Salisbury did not back down in the contest, outshooting Lynchburg 4-3 in the second half, and holding a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks for the game.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, September 12 when they take on Roanoke College on the final day of the Shellenberger Soccer Classic. The first touch is set for 5 p.m.