LEXINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss on the final day of the Washington and Lee Invitational, falling to host Washington & Lee University Sunday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (1-4) held a 2-0 lead at the break but a three-goal second half by the Generals (2-1-1) gave the home team the victory as they netted three goals in a span of seven minutes.
Kara Schmidt wasted no time getting Salisbury on the board, finding the back of the net in the fifth minute of the match. Schmidt and the Gulls were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out after a foul. The freshman stepped up and drove the ball into the back of the net to break the deadlock, 1-0.
In the 41st minute Salisbury doubled its lead off the foot of Emma Faust. The Sea Gulls earned a corner kick and Tayah Rendina sent the ball into play and Faust managed to find the ball off a initial deflection and slot it home inside the right post to give the maroon and gold a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
However, the second half proved to be much different as Washington & Lee found its offensive rhythm. In the 61st minute the Generals were awarded a penalty kick after a foul on the Sea Gulls in the box, bringing the score line to 2-1. Just two minutes later the score was brought even when Sydney von Rosenberg netted her first goal of the season, finishing off a pass from Madeline Becker.
With 22 minutes left to play in the match the score remained knotted at two all, but the Generals earned a corner and an opportunity to break the tie. Emily Roche stepped up to take the corner and bent the ball into the goal for the match-winner.
Salisbury had one last opportunity in the 86th minute to level the game but Dakota Campbell's shot was blocked in front and turned aside.
Salisbury finished the match tallying six corners to Washington & Lee's eight while the Generals also held the edge in shots 17-10. Regan Benton finished the match with three saves as did her counterpart Grace Coombs.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, September 15 when it travels to Shenandoah University. The match is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.