October 17, 2012

Seay scores first collegiate goal in overtime against Wesley to win, 2-1

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University field hockey team may have been down 1-0 at  halftime against Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley College, but the Sea Gulls rallied together to win in overtime, 2-1, with the game winner coming off the stick of junior midfielder Jessica Seay.

Seay scored the game-winner, her first collegiate goal, with five minutes remaining in the first 15-minute overtime period as Salisbury made a run up the field. Sophomore midfielder Summer Washburn controlled the ball into the circle before dishing a pass to the right for Seay to slip past the Wolverine defense.

Salisbury (12-1, 3-1 CAC) would find itself behind, 1-0, after Madison Leone found the back of the cage off a penalty corner with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Sea Gulls entered halftime leading in shots (9-5) while both sides earned three penalty corners.

In the second half, SU tied the contest at the 51:56 mark off a penalty corner. Junior forward Mallory Elliott sent a laser from the right side of the circle that bypassed the Wesley defense. Senior back Amber Holland assisted on the play.

Wesley (8-7, 3-1 CAC) would get just two shots off in the second half as SU's defense held steady allowing no penalty corners.

Additional play would be needed and started off strong for the Wolverines as Leone intercepted a Sea Gull pass, quickly headed down field and took a shot that was rejected by Holland.

Salisbury would muster a few shots on goal before Wesley looked as though it might clinch the game off a penalty stroke, but sophomore goalie Rachel Clewer made the stop just four minutes into overtime.

Clewer picked up her 12th win in the cage, making three saves throughout the contest. Wesley keeper Elizabeth Groom picked up 13 saves in goal.

The Sea Gulls earned 14 corners in the contest while taking 27 shots.

The maroon and gold will next travel to Frostburg State University as it wraps up play in the conference with a Sunday afternoon game against the Bobcats on Oct. 21.

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