Crew's goal pushes SU past Rowan, 2-1
GLASSBORO, N.J. – Despite being held to only seven shots and three corners, the No. 1 Salisbury University field hockey team wrapped up its four-game road series with a 2-1 win against No. 16 Rowan University to improve to 11-0.
The first half saw little action as only four shots were taken in the first 34 minutes of play. Salisbury would manage a scoring chance with just seconds left in the half as freshmen back Amanda Cooper sent a through pass to senior forward Melissa Slocum. Slocum's one-on-one opportunity with Rowan keeper Jen Goldberg would be denied as Goldberg made the save, but the play resulted in a corner. With time expired on the clock, the Sea Gulls penalty corner opportunity would be successful as junior midfielder Emily Voshell finished a scramble in front of the cage to enter halftime up 1-0.
Rowan (10-4) and Salisbury would continue to battle for possession of the ball in the second half.
The Sea Gulls would score a much-needed insurance goal with 15 minutes remaining in the contest as sophomore forward Karen Cindea sent a sharp pass to freshmen forward Jessica Crew, who tipped the ball into the right side of the goal for the 2-0 advantage.
The Profs picked up their intensity of play in the final minutes of the half, pressuring the Salisbury defense that held strong until Rowan broke through off a penalty corner with 63:29 gone in the game. A shot by Rowan's Kellie Campbell from the front of the cage narrowly slid under the pads of sophomore goalie Rachel Clewer to close the scoring margin to 2-1.
With under six minutes remaining, SU looked as though it would go up 3-1 as Crew made a run up the right sideline and made a centering pass to classmate Samantha Johnson but Goldberg made a nice sliding stop to intercept the ball and prevent the goal.
Rowan would have one last chance to tie the game, earning a penalty corner with just a minute left to play but sophomore midfielder Summer Washburn was able to get her stick on the Prof shot to deflect the ball out of bounds and end the scoring threat.
Clewer earned her 11th win in the cage.
The maroon and gold will return to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, as they return to Capital Athletic Conference play against No. 7 University of Mary Washington. That game is set to being at 6 p.m.
Prior to the contest, Hall of Fame Head Coach Dawn Chamberlin will be recognized for her 400th career victory at the helm of the Salisbury University field hockey program. That win came on Saturday, Sept. 29, in a 3-1 win at York (Pa.) College.