FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to the University of Mary Washington for its second conference game and came away with a 1-0 victory. A goal in the 80th minute by forward Ruthie Lucas was enough to get the job done.
Play in the first half centered mostly around midfield, as the teams defended one another nicely and limited open looks.
The Eagles had a chance to take the early lead in the 12th minute on a two-on-one that made its way towards the net. A cross-post pass set the Eagle forward up for an open shot, but goalkeeper Hope Knussman read the ball the whole way through the play and made an amazing save on a diving stop to her right.
Salisbury's best chance of the half came in the final minute on a corner kick by midfielder Jamie Tacka. The kick landed short of the net, but was deflected directly back to Tacka. The midfielder then floated a pass to the far corner of the net, but there were no Sea Gulls positioned close enough to make a redirect.
With the score still sitting at 0-0, the Sea Gulls headed into halftime, trailing in shots, 6-5.
The second half began with a noticeable increase in pressure from Mary Washington. The Eagles began to take more shots and maintained control of the ball on the Sea Gull side of the field, but the Sea Gulls defense continued to provide little space for its opponents to put shots on goal.
The contest quickly swung in the opposite direction in the 80th minute, when Lucas delivered one of the best shots of the season to put the Sea Gulls on top. At almost 30 yards out, the forward drilled a liner from the left side of the field that no one was expecting. The ball managed to stay low enough to find the top right corner of the net, giving Lucas her sixth goal of the season and tying her team-high tally from 2016.
With only a few minutes remaining in the game, the Sea Gulls seized possession and ran out the clock without allowing Mary Washington another chance to score.
Knussman needed only four saves to earn her third win—and second shutout—of the season. The Eagles led in shots, 16-8 while the Sea Gulls double their opponents' corner kicks, 6-3.
The team returns to action this Wednesday, October 4 when it travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland to take on the Seahawks. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.