DALLAS, Pa. – The No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team picked up its third win of the season on Sunday afternoon, taking down King's (Pa.) College, 5-1, and finishing this weekend's Misericordia Invitational undefeated.
Though the Sea Gulls (3-0) came out aggressively in the first half, outshooting King's (2-1) by a 10-0 margin and holding a 9-1 edge in penalty corners, they were only able to find the back of the cage once in the first 35 minutes. That score, off the stick of junior forward Natalie Wilkinson, came in the eighth minute. Salisbury had another scoring opportunity in the closing minute of the half, earning back-to-back penalty corners, but could not capitalize.
After going scoreless for more than 36 minutes, Salisbury turned a 1-0 game into a 4-0 contest in just over two minutes. Senior midfielder Abbey Shobe got things started with a close-range shot past goalkeeper Paige Tedik to give Salisbury the 2-0 advantage. Senior forward Becca Rinaca made it 3-0 less than 30 seconds later, and sophomore forward Kristen Yingling's goal in the 47th minute extended the lead to four.
The Monarchs ended Salisbury's shutout streak with 15 minutes left to play, taking advantage of a penalty corner opportunity to fire a shot past junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor. A strong defensive effort prevented any further scores by King's, and Shobe, assisted by senior midfielder Hannah Miller, added an insurance goal in the 61st minute to give Salisbury the solid win. The Sea Gulls held a 14-9 advantage in penalty corners and outshot the Monarchs 22-6, and have now outscored their opponents 16-1 in their first three games.
Salisbury's time on the road continues with a match at Stevenson University on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. and a contest against Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. The Sea Gulls will take the field in their new and improved Sea Gull Stadium for the first time on Saturday, September 17, hosting Cabrini College at 6 p.m.