Salisbury prepares to host Mary Washington in CAC tournament first round

Salisbury prepares to host Mary Washington in CAC tournament first round

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team will host a Capital Athletic Conference first-round matchup on Saturday, October 31 as the No. 4 seed, with the University of Mary Washington coming to the SU Soccer Complex as the fifth seed. That match is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls finished the regular season with a 12-4-1 record, the most wins for the program since 2011 when Salisbury tallied 13 wins and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Gulls posted a 6-2-1 record in the conference this year, which landed them at fourth in the CAC. Salisbury defeated Mary Washington, 3-1, on Saturday, October 24, and the win guaranteed the Sea Gulls a first-round CAC tournament matchup.

How they got here

The Eagles finished the regular season with a 9-8-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in the conference. Despite losing its last two games, Mary Washington did enough earlier in the season to earn the No. 5 seed, capturing wins over Wesley College, Marymount (Va.) University, York College of Pennsylvania, and Southern Virginia University.

The last time we met

Salisbury defeated Mary Washington, 3-1, last Saturday, October 24 in Fredericksburg, Virginia in a key CAC matchup. The Sea Gulls used three second-half goals to defeat the Eagles, with Ruthie Lucas, Casey Arnone and Kandace Racine finding the back of the net in the victory. Alesha Seifert also tallied three saves in goal for Salisbury, earning her fifth win in front of the net.

Scouting Mary Washington

Mary Washington is led offensively by Marisa Madaras and Lizzie Weast. Madaras has tallied a team-high nine goals this season along with two assists, while Weast has notched a second-best seven scores with three helpers. Maryfay Jackson has also been a threat on offense, leading the team in assists with five, and scoring four goals. On the defensive side, the Eagles are led by goalkeeper Haley Randall, who is currently fifth in the conference in saves with 55 on the year.

 A balanced attack

The Sea Gulls have performed with a balanced offensive attack all season long and are third in the conference with 40 goals. Salisbury has had 17 players score goals this year, which ties the program record that the team set in the 2001 season. Jenna DeLetto is leading the team with five goals on the season. The Gulls have six players with three or more goals, five players with two goals and six with one score on the year.

What's next?

The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the CAC semifinals against No. 1 seed Christopher Newport University on Tuesday, November 3.

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