LYNCHBURG, Va. – A first-half goal from freshman Jenna Taylor was the difference on Saturday evening as the Salisbury University women's soccer team took down Roanoke College, 1-0, on its final day of action in the Shellenberger Soccer Classic in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The Sea Gulls fired off the first two shots of the contest, with both attempts being on goal. At 20:20, the Maroons got on the shot column when Linnea Kremer ripped a shot from the center of the 18, but sophomore goalkeeper Hope Knussman made a stellar save to keep Roanoke off the board.
Six minutes later, the Salisbury offense went on the attack and capitalized off a corner kick opportunity to take an early 1-0 lead. Senior Samantha Beck sent a corner kick into the box from the right side that Taylor eventually controlled in the center and knocked in for the first goal.
At 31:52, the Sea Gulls almost took a two-goal lead when senior Tabitha Brown took a header on a corner that was just saved by Maroon goalkeeper Sarah Dvorak.
Salisbury carried the lead along with a 7-3 shot advantage into the break, while also gaining the edge in corner kick attempts over Roanoke, 5-1.
The Sea Gulls had a chance for an insurance goal two minutes into the second period when senior Julie Dannenberg took a shot from 20 yards out, but the ball sailed wide of the goal. SU had another close opportunity to go up by two scores at 67:42 when senior Kandace Racine headed a ball off a corner kick that Dvorak dove in and saved at the last second.
With 10 minutes to go in regulation, senior Jenna DeLetto was one step away from giving the Gulls a 2-0 advantage on a breakaway attempt down the middle, but Dvorak stepped up to the top of the box and deflected the ball out of bounds.
Even though Salisbury was unable to get the insurance goal, the Sea Gull defense stood strong and did not allow a Maroon goal in the contest.
Knussman put forth a strong effort in goal for SU, picking up five saves in 90 minutes of action, while Dvorak tallied seven saves on the evening. The Sea Gulls finished the game with a 13-6 shot advantage and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.
Salisbury will be back at home on Saturday, September 19 when it takes on Catholic University of America in another non-conference matchup. That game is set for 2 p.m.