FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team opened its 2012 season with a 2-0 win over the State University of New York at Geneseo at the Rams Classic on Friday, hosted by the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Senior Bonnie Sandone and freshman Victoria Luc each netted goals to lead the Sea Gull attack.
Head Coach Jim Nestor's squad started off slow but gelled in the second half to get the lead and protect it for the season-opening win. The starting lineup included three freshmen – Tabitha Brown, Heather Deamond and Jenna DeLetto, and eight newcomers in all saw action.
After a scoreless first half, Sandone got the Sea Gulls (1-0) on the board off a corner kick at the 52:44 mark. The senior defender from Downingtown, Pa., was assisted on the play by classmate Sarah Pfundstein, her first of the season.
Luc, in her first game in maroon and gold, netted her first collegiate goal to widen the Salisbury lead with less than 22 minutes remaining in regulation. Fellow newcomer Deamond collected her first career point with the assist to her classmate Luc.
For the game, Salisbury outshot the Blue Knights 14-4 and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, including the one that Sandone put in the back of the net. Sandone and Pfundstein each attempted four shots for the Sea Gulls, with Sandone especially active from her defensive position.
Sophomore goalie Michelle Conrad recorded the shutout, stopping all three Blue Knight (0-1) shots. The 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year has posted six career shutouts.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, at the Rams Classic in Farmingdale, taking on the State University of New York at Buffalo. Game time is set for 1:15 p.m. Salisbury opens its home schedule against Shenandoah University on September 8.