SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team is one step closer to repeating as Capital Athletic Conference champions, having defeated the University of Mary Washington, 1-0, Thursday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex. Sophomore Jamie Hovendon scored the only goal of the contest, sending the Sea Gulls to the CAC championship game.
Hovendon netted the goal, putting the Sea Gulls on the board at the 42:09 mark. Freshman Tabitha Brown took a cross, put a touch on to Hovendon, who put the ball in the back of the net for the game's only tally. The Oakhurst, N.J., native picked an opportune time to pick up her first goal of the season, giving the Sea Gulls the advantage just before halftime.
Salisbury (11-5-1) dominated the scoresheet in the contest as well. The Sea Gulls outshot Mary Washington (13-2-3) 29-11, including a 17-6 advantage in the first half. Salisbury had a 7-2 edge on corner kicks as well.
Sophomore Michelle Conrad tied a career-high with eight saves in the contest. While Mary Washington was outshot, the Eagles certainly had chances in the contest.
In a scoreless contest, at the 32:35 mark in the first half, Emmalee Denkler had a free kick that went just wide right. It was arguably Mary Washington's best chance in the first half. In the second half, with about 37 minutes remaining in the contest, the Eagles' Michelle Gibbons got a touch right at the mouth of the goal that Conrad made a sprawling save on. At the 71:28 mark, Denkler had a free kick at the 18-yard mark that went high.
Besides those chances, the Sea Gull defense clamped down on Mary Washington's potent offense, preserving the lead while also keeping the pressure on the Eagle defense. Senior Bonnie Sandone, freshman Heather Deamond, along with Hovendon and Brown stifled the Eagles' offense throughout the contest.
Salisbury advances to the CAC championship game, hosting the winner of the other semifinal contest between York (Pa.) College and Frostburg State University. The title game will be played in Salisbury, with the start time to be announced once the matchup is set. Check back to www.suseagulls.com for more information about the championship game as it becomes available.