September 19, 2012

Hafford lifts SU to 2-1 win over CNU in double overtime

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – It took bonus soccer to get the job done, but the Salisbury University women's soccer team snapped its two-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over Christopher Newport University. Nearly six minutes into the second overtime, senior Casey Hafford gave the Sea Gulls the sudden victory with her first goal of the season.

The Towson, Md., native took the ball from the right wing, cut in past a defender and then launched a shot past Christopher Newport (2-6) goalie Elena Currence, putting the Sea Gulls once again over the .500 mark. The loss extends Christopher Newport's losing streak to four games.

For the fifth time this season, the Sea Gulls (4-3) and their opponents played a scoreless first half. Nearly 17 minutes into the second, freshman Logan O'Meara gave Salisbury the lead with the first goal of her collegiate career, with classmate Heather Deamond picking up the assist. Off a throw in that landed right on her foot, O'Meara lofted a shot from about 25 yards out to give the Sea Gulls the 1-0 lead.

The Captains were able to answer less than three minutes later, tying the score at 1-1. Each side had some chances down the stretch and in overtime but neither team could score the decisive goal until Hafford netted her goal at the 105:43 mark.

Sophomore Michelle Conrad made several big saves in the contest, stopping five Captains shots in the contest.

Salisbury was outshot 16-11, but both sides were able to get six shots on goal. Senior Sarah Pfundstein was able to fire two shots on goal for the Sea Gulls.

The Sea Gulls return home this Saturday, opening their conference schedule against the University of Mary Washington. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.

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