FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team used three second-half goals to take down the University of Mary Washington, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon in a key Capital Athletic Conference bout.
The Eagles tallied the first three shots in the contest, including a shot on goal at 17:13 from Maryfay Jackson that junior Alesha Seifert was able to collect for her first save of the game.
Less than a minute later, the Sea Gulls went on the offensive when sophomore Alex Pryor recorded the team's first shot of the afternoon, but Mary Washington goalkeeper Haley Randall was able to make the save.
Seifert picked up another save in the half, bringing her total to two for the period and keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard at the break.
Salisbury came out hot in the second half, scoring just over four minutes in when sophomore Ruthie Lucas found the back of the net for the fourth time this season, off an assist from senior Victoria Luc.
About 15 minutes later, Mary Washington attempted to make a comeback when Leah Roth found the back of the net off an assist from Lizzie Brooks, but Salisbury would have an answer just four minutes later.
At 73:45, senior Kandace Racine scored an unassisted goal, her first of the season, to put the Sea Gulls up 3-1 late, ruining any chances for an Eagles' comeback.
Seifert ended the contest with four saves, playing all 90 minutes and picking up her fifth win in front of the net for Salisbury. Randall finished the game with three saves in goal for Mary Washington.
The Sea Gulls outshot the Eagles 10-9, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon.
With the win, Salisbury secures either a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the CAC tournament, which solidifies a home game for the Sea Gulls for the first round of the tournament on Saturday, October 31. The opponent and game time for that match is to be determined.
Salisbury will be back at home on Wednesday, October 28 for its regular-season finale as it hosts Wesley College at the SU Soccer Complex. That game is set for 3:30 p.m.