SALISBURY, Md. – The women's soccer team returned home on Saturday to host The Catholic University of America, but was unable to secure the victory despite a tremendous offensive output. The team led their opponents for much of the contest, but the Cardinals were able to capture the come-from-behind victory.
It did not take very long for the Cardinals to put up a goal in the visitor's column, scoring just 43 seconds into the match. Elizabeth Johnson, who entered the contest leading her team in goals, added one more when she controlled a pass before breaking into the center of the box and targeting her shot into the far left corner of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
The Sea Gulls answered quickly with their own goal just over five minutes later on a perfectly placed corner kick by midfielder Lydia Narum. Teammate Kayla Homeyer secured the inbound pass and redirected the shot into the middle of the net to level the match at 1-1. The tally was Homeyer's first of the season.
The Cardinals pulled ahead again in the 18th minute off of a perfectly placed penalty kick by Riley Hawblitzel that found the foot of teammate Maggie Morcones for a nice redirect past the reach of goalkeeper Hope Knussman for the 2-1 lead.
The Maroon and Gold answered again in the 24th minute. This time it was forward Ruthie Lucas, last season's leading scorer, who broke through the defense before teeing up a beautiful shot from the top right corner of the box that sailed over the goalkeeper's head and under the crossbar. It marked the first goal of the season for the senior.
The Sea Gulls managed to take their first lead of the match seven minutes later. This time it was forward Megan Brady scoring her first goal of the season. After receiving a pass from teammate Dana Gordon, Brady, who was positioned in the middle of the box, redirected the pass. The score gave Salisbury a 3-2 lead that would hold for the remainder of the first half.
Another quick goal less than two minutes into the second half doubled the lead for the Sea Gulls. Lucas struck gold for the second time in the match on a shot that was practically a mirror image of her first half goal. Finding an opening from the top right of the box, Lucas was again able to lift a perfect strike over the goalkeeper's head and under the crossbar for the 4-2 lead.
The Cardinals would chip away at their deficit in the 52nd minute of play when a nicely placed corner kick found the foot of Hawblitzel for a redirect into the net, bringing the score to 4-3.
A goal in the 68th minute by the Cardinals tied the match yet again when Johnson used her speed to cut through the defense before placing a dart into the right corner of the net for her second tally.
A Sea Gull foul in their own end led to a free kick for their opponents, who made the most of the opportunity. The kick was followed by two Cardinal headers and a 5-4 lead that would hold for the remainder of the contest.
The four goals in the game was the highest offensive output for the Sea Gulls this season. They also recorded eight shots and a corner kick. Knussman made five saves, increasing her season total to 34, which ranks her second in the CAC.
The women's soccer team will take to the road for their next five contests, the first of which will take place this Tuesday, September 19th, when Salisbury travels to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders. The match is set to kick off at 5 p.m.