SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team defeated Rutgers University–Newark on Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium, 4-1.
The Sea Gulls (3-4-1) took control of the game from first kick until final whistle and rarely took their feet off the gas as they scored twice in the first half and twice again in the second.
The team was finding plenty of chances early and led in shots, 8-3, through the first 20 minutes, but finally struck gold in the 22nd minute on a goal by forward Lydia Narum. An initial shot by Julianna Boller was blocked by a Scarlet Raider (4-3-1) defender and kicked back into the middle of the box where Ally Goetz was waiting to pick up the rebound. Narum got enough of a piece of Goetz's shot to redirect the ball down low and past the goalkeeper to put the Gulls up 1-0.
The maroon and gold doubled its lead in the 42nd minute on a through ball by Dakota Campbell that found Julie Venere as she raced in towards goal. Venere's shot sailed to the right of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Salisbury then picked up where it had left off, scoring again only one minute into the second half. Goetz raced past the middle of the defense and made a brilliant crossover move before kicking the ball wide to Narum. Narum then redirected the ball back behind the defense where Goetz was able to reach her foot out and pop the ball past the goalkeeper for the 3-0 lead.
The final Salisbury goal came in the 67th minute when Brooke Rossiter crossed a ball to teammate Alyssa Chesney who was positioned at the bottom left corner of the box. Chesney took the ball before spinning past her defender and delivering a low liner past the goalkeeper and inside the near post.
The Scarlet Raiders would salvage a late goal to break up the shutout, but it was too late as the Sea Gulls walked off the field with the 4-1 victory.
The team will return to action on Saturday, September 22 when it hosts St. John Fisher College at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium. That game is set to kick off at 1 p.m.