Sea Gulls in CAC driver seat with 2-1 win over Frostburg State
SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team took another step towards repeating as Capital Athletic Conference champions with a 2-1 victory over conference foe Frostburg State University, Saturday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex.
Sophomore Morgan Brasch gave the Sea Gulls the lead for good late in the contest and Salisbury held on to remain unbeaten in conference play. With the win, the Sea Gulls are the only team without a loss or tie in conference play at the halfway point of the CAC season.
Frostburg State (8-3-1, 1-1-1 CAC) got on the board first, with a goal by Dorie Gedridge, forcing the Sea Gulls (8-3, 3-0 CAC) to play from behind for nearly 40 minutes. Gedridge's goal was unexpected, as she was guarded by a Sea Gull defender and lofted the ball in the direction of goalie Michelle Conrad. As players for both sides started to turn and run the other way, thinking a routine save was in order, the ball just floated over Conrad and right underneath the crossbar, giving the Bobcats the 1-0 lead.
Salisbury was able to stay in the game and rally when freshman Victoria Luc netted her team-leading third goal of the season for the equalizer. The Pasadena, Md., native was able to rip a shot from the left side of the box past the Bobcat goalie and into the right side of the net.
With the score tied, the Sea Gulls played with a renewed energy, determined to pull ahead, and that is exactly what happened 17 minutes later. With just a little less than six minutes remaining in the contest, freshman Logan O'Meara sent in a corner kick that skirted across the box to the feet of sophomore Morgan Brasch. Brasch was able to settle the ball, turn to her left and fire off a left-footed rocket that went past Frostburg State goalie Katie Smith.
Salisbury controlled the match from a statistical standpoint, outshooting the Bobcats 15-8, widening the shot gap with a 12-5 advantage in the second half. Frostburg State never really applied constant pressure on the Salisbury defense, and Conrad needed to make only two saves to preserve the win.
The Sea Gulls have a busy week ahead of them, with three contests scheduled. Salisbury will next be in action on Monday, as they travel to Virginia Wesleyan to make up the game that got postponed this past Tuesday due to inclement weather. That match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. After facing York (Pa.) College on Saturday, the Sea Gulls return to the SU Soccer Complex a day later, hosting No. 11 Lynchburg (Va.) College. Start time for that match is set for 1 p.m.