ARLINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to take on Marymount (Va.) University in Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night as they defeated the Saints by a score of 4-0.
The Sea Gulls (4-5-3, 3-2 CAC) got to work early when senior Lindsey Andonian gave Salisbury its first goal of the contest (her first of the season) 13 seconds into the game - just seven seconds slower than the fastest Division III women's soccer goal to start a game. Lauren Minghenelli collected the kick off and launched a deep cross into the Marymount defensive third which met Andonian in stride who lofted a shot over April Westmark to set the tone early for the Sea Gulls.
Andonian would add to her point tally 15 minutes later when she gathered a pass off a set piece, drove to the corner and unleashed an arching cross that found the head of freshman Lydia Narum to give the Sea Gulls a 2-0 lead a quarter of the way through the half. The header marked the freshman's second goal of the season.
Salisbury would not relinquish momentum for the remainder of the half as the Sea Gulls outshot the Saints 6-3 and earned all four corner kicks of the half. Goalkeeper Hope Knussman would not see any action in the first and collected no saves for the Sea Gulls, Westmark would post a single save for the Saints.
After the break, Salisbury came out firing just as they did in the first half with senior Ruthie Lucas getting a look to get her sixth goal of the season in the 50th minute but was stifled by Sydney Shultz for her first save of the match.
Salisbury spent the next 25 minutes testing the new keeper as the Sea Gulls forced the junior goalkeeper to come up big five times for the Saints to keep the score 2-0.
The offensive barrage became too much for the keeper in the 75th minute when senior midfielder Jenny Gavigan buried her free kick from just outside the box to give the Sea Gulls a 3-0 lead with time winding down. The free kick marked Gavigan's third goal in two games for the maroon and gold.
In the waning seconds of regular time the Sea Gulls remained on the offensive as Knussman notched her first assist of the season when her free kick found the feet of Julianna Boller. Boller was able to collect the cross, settle and with a calm demeanor chip a rushing Schultz for the Sea Gulls' fourth goal of the contest. The chip marked Boller's second goal of the season.
The four goals were enough to clinch the conference victory for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury outshot Marymount 19-4 and earned seven corners compared to the Saints' three.
Knussman earned her third shutout of the season between the posts with Schultz notching eight saves for the Saints.
The Sea Gulls return home for more CAC action on Saturday, October 15, as they host Frostburg State University for senior day and their annual breast cancer awareness pink game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.