NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to take on Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference play Wednesday night, playing the Captains to a thrilling 1-1 tie after double overtime.
The Captains (12-1-1, 6-1 CAC) wasted no time getting the action going early, posting their first shot four minutes in when Angie Williams sent a header toward the goal but went just wide for the Captains.
Christopher Newport opened up the scoring in the ninth minute when Gabby Gillis collected a through ball and sent a cross back post to a waiting Carson Pokorny, who volleyed it home to give the Captains an early 1-0 lead.
The remainder of the first half saw both teams engage in a physical battle over establishing a midfield presence. The Captains outshot the Sea Gulls 7-2 with Salisbury earning two out of the three corners for the half. Hope Knussman collected two saves in the half for the Sea Gulls.
The second half emulated the first with the Captains getting the offense started early earning the first corner just minutes after the break.
Despite the Captains getting on the attack first, it would be the Sea Gulls who struck first in the second when freshmen Julianna Boller collected a ball outside the box, beat her defender and sent a low-cross to an on rushing Ruthie Lucas who one touched it into the net to bring the Sea Gulls level at one a piece. The goal marks Lucas's sixth tally and Boller's first assist of the season for the maroon and gold.
The rest of the second half saw a sturdy Salisbury defense weather an offensive storm from Christopher Newport as the Captains outshot the Sea Gulls 12-3, and earned three of the five corners of the half. After 90 minutes, Knussman earned five saves to help keep the Sea Gulls afloat as Carly Maglio would record one save for the Captains.
The first overtime period would start off no different than the previous as the Captains attempted to get on the board in the opening two minutes forcing the stout Salisbury back line to step up and block the attempt.
The remainder of the first overtime period would see both sides hunker down in their own half waiting for opportunities to take advantage with a counter attack. As the first overtime period came to a close both sides faired similarly on paper with Christopher Newport outshooting Salisbury 2-1 and the Sea Gulls earning the only corner of the period.
With the game on the line, the second period of overtime would see a totally different attitude as both sides would hold nothing back as they searched for the golden goal that would push their team through.
The Sea Gulls got their first good look of the period just under a minute in as Emma Faust fired a shot on goal but went just over the bar forcing the Sea Gulls to play out the period. With time winding down, both sides would see an end-to-end attack with each team vying for the late-minute winner. Knussman's quick reflexes saved Salisbury in the final minute as she made a diving save forcing the ball into traffic, and from her knees, was able to deny Gabby Gillis at the near post from stealing a winner in the closing seconds for the Captains.
At the end of the match, 110 minutes wouldn't be enough to separate the two teams as Salisbury survived despite being outshot by Christopher Newport 24-8 and earning five corners compared to the Captains' six. Knussman earned a career-high of 10 saves for the Sea Gulls while Maglio collected two for the Captains.
The Sea Gulls return to action this Saturday, October 22, as they travel to take on the Spartans of York College of Pennsylvania in CAC play. The game is set for 12 p.m.