SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team opened its conference schedule with a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten University of Mary Washington, Saturday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex. Senior Erin Mooney netted the only goal of the contest, giving the Sea Gulls a successful start to the defense of their 2011 Capital Athletic Conference championship.
In the 70th minute of the contest, Mooney put home a free kick from just outside the box, giving Salisbury (5-3, 1-0 CAC) the deciding tally. The Lusby, Md., native placed the ball just outside the reach of Mary Washington's goalie, Charlotte Owens, in the top right corner of the net.
The Sea Gulls had other opportunities in the contest, but Owens made several key stops. The Mary Washington (5-1-1, 0-1-1, CAC) goalie had 13 saves in the game, as the Eagles were outshot in the contest 22-10 by Salisbury.
Sophomore Michelle Conrad posted her fourth shutout of the season, stopping five Mary Washington shots on goal. The shutout lowers Conrad's goals-against average to 0.86 this season.
Conrad was helped in the defensive third by senior Bonnie Sandone, sophomores Jackie Holtzman and Jamie Hovendon, and freshmen Tabitha Brown and Heather Deamond. The quintet did an excellent job of warding off the Eagles offense, keeping control of the contest.
Salisbury is next in action this coming Wednesday, hosting Stevenson University. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.