September 26, 2012

Mooney gets another game winner to give Sea Gulls 1-0 win over Stevenson

SALISBURY, Md. – Senior Erin Mooney netted a penalty kick with 31 seconds remaining in double overtime to give the Salisbury University women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Stevenson University, Wednesday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex.

Mooney's penalty kick was set up by a handball by a Stevenson defender following a sequence of play that saw two Salisbury (6-3) shots from close range. Freshman Victoria Luc had a shot blocked and a follow up attempt by classmate Julie Dannenberg that was saved by Mustangs goalie Lauren Weitzman. With the ball loose in front, a Stevenson (6-3) defender fell on the ball, creating the opportunity for Mooney to end the contest. Staring down a scoreless tie, Mooney put the ball in the left side of the net to give the Sea Gulls the win.

Both teams had opportunities before Mooney's free kick, although they were few and far between for both squads. Salisbury goalie Michelle Conrad nearly scored off of a free kick from near midfield just 19 minutes into the contest.

Neither team had many chances in regulation but the Sea Gulls almost took the lead right as time was expiring in regulation. With 10 seconds remaining in the second half, Mooney sent a free kick in the box. The ball was bouncing in front of the goal but the Sea Gulls were not able to take advantage and put it in the back of the net.

While Stevenson outshot the Sea Gulls 23-15 in the contest, just five of the Mustangs' shots were on goal and Conrad was not tested until late in the contest. The Mustangs had a few chances from in close but their best chance to score came from nearly 40 yards out. Just a minute into the first overtime period, Conrad had a free kick that was intercepted by Stevenson. Following a pass, Catherine Madden turned and sent a shot towards Conrad that the goalie had to leap and then punch over the crossbar.

With the five saves, Conrad has posted five shutouts this season, including back-to-back wins off the foot of Mooney. For her career, Conrad has 10 shutouts to her credit.

The Sea Gulls are next in action on Saturday, heading to Arlington, Va., to face Marymount University. Following a mid-week matchup at Virginia Wesleyan College, Salisbury will return home next Saturday, October 6. The Sea Gulls will welcome Frostburg State University to the SU Soccer Complex. The Capital Athletic Conference matchup is slated to begin at noon.

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