SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University field hockey team earned a thrilling 1-0 overtime win in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday against No. 15 Washington & Jefferson College.
It took nearly 80 minutes, but the Sea Gulls (17-2) were able to crack Division III's top defense, as Washington & Jefferson (18-2) entered the day allowing just 0.27 goals per game.
The game went to the halftime break scoreless, despite Salisbury dominating possession in the first 35 minutes, attempting 10 shots to none for the Presidents, and being credited with nine penalty corner chances. Washington & Jefferson goalkeeper Rena Israel made five saves in the first half to keep the game tied.
Minutes into the second half, the Sea Gulls got a scoring chance when junior Tara Daddio sent a long pass in front of the goal to sophomore Jenna Partilla, but her try was turned away by Israel. The Sea Gulls earned a penalty corner a moment later with junior Arielle Johnston dribbling through the Presidents' defense, but Israel charged out of her cage to challenge and stopped the try.
Each team had chances in the second half, but neither was able to find the back of the cage by the end of regulation. The contest headed to overtime.
A key yellow card against the Presidents late in the first overtime set the stage for Salisbury to take advantage of going a player up. Junior Jillian Hughes was able to get the golden goal, taking possession just inside the top of the circle, cutting back through a Washington & Jefferson defender before firing off a shot. The effort was deflected by Israel, but snuck under the crossbar to give the Sea Gulls their thrilling 1-0 victory.
The Sea Gulls will now play Sunday, November 11 in a third round game against Tufts University, beginning at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.