Sea Gulls fall 3-2 to Catholic in overtime

Sea Gulls fall 3-2 to Catholic in overtime

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team took on The Catholic University of America Cardinals Saturday afternoon in non-conference play, falling short of the Cardinals in a thrilling 3-2 overtime loss.

The Sea Gulls wasted no time getting on the board, as junior forward Ruthie Lucas broke through the Cardinal back line, dribbled 20 yards and pushed a shot past Alyssa Marcello to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead.  

Less than a minute later, Jenny Gavigan and Lucas had successive attempts on goal but couldn't connect on frame.

The Salisbury celebration was cut short as the Cardinals would equalize a minute later when Jenna Delasco collected a cross from Taylor Pisk and was able to push a shot past Hope Knussman in the 11th minute.

Two minutes later, Cardinal midfielder Alexa Povelatis, would try to give Catholic the lead but was denied as Knussman collected her first save of the half for the Sea Gulls.
 
Both teams saw 32 minutes of back and forth play before heading into the break. During the first half Catholic would out shoot the Sea Gulls 8-5, each team had two shots on goal while Knussman and Marcello split first half saves with one a piece.
 
The Cardinals came out firing in the 51st minute when a header from Alyssa Fiore found the hands of Knussman for her second save for the Sea Gulls. A scant two minutes later Knussman would notch her third save of the game as she smothered a shot from Catholic's Reagan Sharkey to keep the score tied at one a piece.
 
The Cardinals broke the dead lock in the 61st minute when Elizabeth Johnson collected a through-ball from Nia Gomez to give Catholic a 2-1 lead.
 
Freshman Emma Faust would bring the Sea Gulls level when she headed home a corner past Christina Peyroux in the 83rd minute. The goal marks the freshman's first career goal in the maroon and gold. Salisbury would get a chance to steal a win in the 90th minute when Gavigan fired a shot wide of the goal, sending both teams into overtime.
 
The first 90 minutes of play saw the Cardinals outshoot the Sea Gulls 19-9 and both teams earning four corners a piece. Knussman earned six saves for Salisbury while Marcello and Peyroux earned a combined four saves for the Cardinals.
 
Overtime would bring an offensive barrage from both sides with Salisbury's best chance coming in the 94th minute when Gavigan blasted a shot off the Cardinal crossbar but was cleared away.
Knussman would come up big for the Sea Gulls as she stopped a shot from Cardinal forward Lindsay Aleman in the 96th minute.
 
With the first period drawing to a close, Salisbury would eventually succumb to the Cardinal offense when Aleman collected a shot off the cross bar and pushed a shot past Knussman to give Catholic the win.
 
Knussman who played all 100 minutes between the posts for Salisbury, saw 10 shots on goal and collected seven saves in the match. Marcello and Peyroux earned a combined five saves in front of the net for the Cardinals.
 
The Sea Gulls travel to Mustang Stadium as they take on Stevenson University next Wednesday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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