SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 ranked Salisbury University field hockey team is headed to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament after defeating Kenyon College, 3-0, in a second-round clash on Saturday morning.
Another outstanding day for Salisbury's (17-1) defense helped offset a slow offensive start for the Sea Gulls. The Ladies (15-7) put themselves in scoring situations early on in the game, firing the first shot of the contest just four minutes in. Minutes later, another Kenyon shot and key save by junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor kept the match scoreless.
Senior Abbey Shobe gave the Gulls some breathing room in the 25th minute when she finished off a shot by sophomore Kristen Yingling to put the first goal of the game on the board. It would be the lone goal of the first half.
A markedly more aggressive Salisbury team emerged from the halftime huddle. The Sea Gulls wasted no time creating chances for themselves, earning three penalty corners in just four minutes. It was off the third corner, in the 44th minute, that senior Casie Preisch took a pass from freshman Arielle Johnston and ripped the ball into the left side of the cage for the 2-0 edge. It was Priesch's first goal of the season.
An insurance tally off the stick of junior Natalie Wilkinson in the 66th minute gave the Sea Gulls the 3-0 win and their fifth-straight shutout victory. Salisbury has not allowed an opponent to score a goal in the past 513 minutes of play.
Overall, Salisbury outshot Kenyon 16-9 and held an 11-5 edge in penalty corners. Windsor finished the day with three saves; Kenyon goalkeeper Sarah Speroff finished with nine.
The Sea Gulls will square off against No. 6-ranked Ursinus College on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m, with the winner punching its ticket to the NCAA semifinals in Geneva, N.Y. Ursinus topped No. 9 Trinity (Conn.) College, 2-1, in Saturday's other second-round contest hosted by Salisbury.