SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team finished off a four-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon against Capital Athletic Conference rival No. 8 Christopher Newport University. The top spot in the conference standings was on the line, as each team came into the contest undefeated in league play, but two second half goals would give the Captains the 2-0 victory.
It took Salisbury (8-8, 6-1-0 CAC) some time in the first half to make adjustments, as it struggled to maintain control of the ball. The Captains (14-0-1, 7-0 CAC) kept pushing on offense, but pressure by Jamie Tacka and her defensive teammates affected the shot quality of their opponents enough to prevent many major threats.
The Captains' best shot attempt came in the 23rd minute when Gabby Gillis sent the ball towards the upper-right post from the center of the box, but goalkeeper Hope Knussman made a leaping grab that would end up being her best save of the game.
Momentum shifted toward the end of the half as Salisbury began to connect on its passes and drive the ball into the flanks, but the Captains kept tight pressure of its own, thwarting a handful of attempts by the Sea Gulls to cross the ball into the center of the box.
At halftime, the game remained scoreless, with Christopher Newport leading in shots, 10-2.
The Captains stole back momentum early in the second half before tallying the first score of the afternoon in the 50th minute. Carson Pokorny delivered a corner kick from the right side of the field that found the foot of teammate Logan Montel, who quickly redirected the inbounds pass into the lower right corner of the net.
The lead would double 15 minutes later when Captain forward Maddie Cochran delivered an up-field pass that dropped in front of Gillis. The midfielder beat her opponent to the ball before making a slick cutback move that produced open field. Her shot ricocheted off the right post before rolling back and to the left, eventually crossing the goal line.
Salisbury matched a pair of corner kicks with six shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation, but were unable to cut away at their deficit before time expired.
The Captains led the game in shots, 19-9, and corner kicks, 8-2. Liliana Caceres led all Sea Gulls with three shots, two of which were on goal.
Salisbury will now head to Frostburg State University this Saturday, October 21 for another important matchup that could decide postseason positioning. A Sea Gull victory will lock up a top-two and a first-round bye in the upcoming CAC tournament. Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.