SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team hosted its second game of the weekend against Virginia Wesleyan College in non-conference play, falling to the Marlins 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Sea Gull fans wouldn't have to wait long to see action as senior forward Erin McQuate would fire a shot on frame, but a Marlin defender deflected it into the path of an on rushing Jenny Gavigan who laced a bullet into the waiting Virginia Wesleyan goalkeeper Taylor Chapman during the opening minute of play.
Virginia Wesleyan would eventually break the dead lock in the 25th minute when Annie Hartman converted her free kick from just outside the 18-yard box for her first goal of the season.
After the goal both teams would settle into their halves playing a physical end-to-end match that saw each team post six shots and one corner for the half.
Going into the break, Hope Knussman notched two saves for the Sea Gulls while Chapman collected three for the Marlins.
At the start of the second half the Sea Gull defensive line was tested early when Alexandra Fitz would connect a shot forcing Knussman to come up with a big save for the Sea Gulls in the 48th minute.
Despite the Sea Gulls' defensive showing the Marlins would capitalize again in the 56th minute as Marli Hayward gathered up a loose ball in the midfield and launched a shot from 23 yards out that sailed inches over an outstretched Knussman to give the visitors a two-goal cushion minutes into the half. The goal marked Hayward's second of the season for the Marlins.
After the second goal Salisbury would hunker down in their half for the remainder of the game as Virginia Wesleyan outshot the Sea Gulls 9-2 with neither team earning any corner kicks in the second half. The match would end with Knussman earning six saves for the Sea Gulls and Chapman collecting four for the Marlins.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action next Saturday, October 1, as they host their homecoming match against the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play. The game is set for 2 p.m.