LEXINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team kicked off its first road trip of the season on Saturday afternoon when it traveled to Lexington, Virginia to take on Bridgewater (Va.) College on day one of the annual Washington and Lee Invitational. The Sea Gulls fell to the Eagles, 3-0.
The Eagles (3-1) scored first only six minutes into the game when Catherine Haufe broke open down the center of the field and juked past her defender to place her shot into the top right corner of the net for an unassisted goal.
A corner kick by the Eagles in the 29th minute doubled their lead when Taylor Dudley received the kick from teammate Hannah Randolph on the far side of the net in time for a redirected tap in.
The Sea Gulls (1-3) almost cut into their deficit in the 35th minute on a shot by defender Liliana Caceres from the middle of the box that headed towards the left corner of the net, but Bridgewater's goalkeeper dove just in time to get her gloves on the ball and make the save.
The Eagles led the Sea Gulls in shots at halftime, 8-6, while each team went to the locker room with two saves and three corner kicks.
Bridgewater came out in the second half and scored another early goal in the 50th minute. Once again, it was Haufe charging through the middle of the defense to find an open look at the net. Starting goalkeeper Regan Benton rushed out to cut off Haufe's angle, but Haufe was able to beat the counter and push the lead to three.
The Sea Gulls were awarded a free kick inside their offensive zone a minute later on a Bridgewater foul. Forward Liz Fenton lifted her shot over the defense and towards the upper left corner of the net, but Bridgewater goalkeeper Sydney Davis made a leaping save to rein in the ball.
Salisbury was awarded a penalty kick in the 54th minute, but Davis' gamble paid off as she dove correctly towards Alyssa Chesney's kick and made the clutch save to keep her shutout intact.
Following a 30-minute lightning delay, the Sea Gulls came out and controlled the tempo, but with a 3-0 lead the Eagles were able to sit back lock down and thwart off any Salisbury scoring threats to preserve the shutout victory.
Salisbury will return to action for day two of the invitational when it takes on host Washington and Lee University. That game is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m.