Second-half goals push Salisbury past Wesley in regular-season finale

Second-half goals push Salisbury past Wesley in regular-season finale

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team used two second-half goals to take down Wesley College on Wednesday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action for its regular-season finale.

Despite allowing the Wolverines to get off the first shot, the Sea Gulls dominated possession in the first half, outshooting Wesley, 17-2.

Salisbury had several chances to take the lead early on, but would not find the back of the net in the first period.

Senior Victoria Luc recorded seven shots in the half, including three attempts where she just missed putting the Sea Gulls on the board. At 38:53, Luc sent a shot towards the net, but Wesley goalkeeper Antonia Pote was there to make the save, and under two minutes later, Luc had another shot on goal that Pote saved again.

With two minutes left to go in the period Luc was five yards outside the 18 and launched a ball toward the net, but it was just high, bouncing off the crossbar.

Salisbury kept its offense up in the second half, and came out strong to start the period. Just over a minute in, senior Christine Clark had a chance on a header that nearly missed the net. At 54:05, Clark had another chance to score on a header, but the ball glided just to the right of the post.

Three minutes later, the Sea Gulls were able to break through for their first score of the match. After a foul near the midfield line, sophomore goalkeeper Hope Knussman ran up to take the free kick. Knussman sent the ball into the box where it deflected off the head of a Wolverine defender, and senior Heather Deamond capitalized on the ball and put it into the back of the net.

Over 10 minutes later, Salisbury notched an insurance goal to put the game out of reach. Deamond had the ball on the right side from 30 yards out and sent it to the left toward junior Lindsey Andonian, who timed her run perfectly, taking the ball and finishing on a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper.

The Sea Gull defense was up to the task all game long, allowing just 10 shots from the Wolverine offense and only two on goal.

Knussman played all 90 minutes in goal for Salisbury, gathering two saves to pick up her sixth win of the season in the shutout effort. Pote tallied seven saves for Wesley.

Salisbury will host a first-round CAC tournament match as the No. 4 seed against the fifth-seeded University of Mary Washington on Saturday, October 31 at the SU Soccer Complex. That game is set for 2 p.m.

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