Pryor’s two assists lead Sea Gulls past Cardinals, 3-1

Pryor’s two assists lead Sea Gulls past Cardinals, 3-1

SALISBURY, Md. – Sophomore Alex Pryor notched two assists on Saturday afternoon to lead the Salisbury University women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Catholic University of America in non-conference action.

The Cardinals (5-2) got off to a fast start and struck first when the Sea Gull defense attempted to clear the ball out of their box, and Lindsay Aleman stole the ball and knocked it in at 12:32 to go up 1-0.

After Catholic's goal, Salisbury stepped up its game on both sides of the field, registering three shots and allowing none from the Cardinals during the next 28 minutes of action.

The Sea Gulls (5-2) scored the equalizer at 39:26 when Pryor sent a ball in from the right side that junior Erin McQuate knocked in from the center of the box, making the score 1-1 at halftime.

Salisbury carried the momentum into the break, and came out strong to start the second period, as it took just four minutes for the Sea Gulls to take the lead. Sophomore Ruthie Lucas headed a ball into the box that Pryor eventually got her head on, sending it to senior Christine Clark who finished with a header to give SU a 2-1 advantage.

The Cardinals would not back down, firing off four shots in the next 15 minutes, including a chance from Aleman that sophomore goalkeeper Hope Knussman dove to the right and saved just in time.  

At 74:01, senior Samantha Beck had a chance at a break-away goal, dribbling past the 18 and into the box, but was fouled in the box before she could get a shot off, giving SU a penalty kick attempt. Head Coach Kwame Lloyd elected senior Jenna DeLetto to take the penalty kick, who sent it past Catholic goalkeeper Lexi Halperin to give the Gulls a 3-1 lead.

Salisbury and its backline, led by seniors Tabitha Brown, Heather Deamond, Casey Arnone and Heather Group, only allowed two more shots from Catholic in the contest, with one being saved by Knussman and the other sailing wide of the net.

Knussman earned her fourth win of the season in goal for the Sea Gulls, tallying two saves on the afternoon. Halperin picked up five saves in front of the net for the Cardinals.

SU held a 14-11 shot advantage and notched a 5-1 edge in corner kicks on the day.

The Sea Gulls will travel to Owings Mills, Maryland on Tuesday night for their next match when they take on Stevenson University in their final non-conference matchup. That game is set for 7 p.m.

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