SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team hosted Wesley College Wednesday afternoon in their final game of the regular season. Four different Sea Gulls tallied goals in the 5-1 victory over the Wolverines. The win today gave Salisbury a place in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament set to begin this Saturday, October 29th.
The Sea Gulls (5-7-4, 5-3-1 CAC) wasted no time getting the action going early as junior Jenna Taylor notched her third goal of the season in the 13th minute. Fellow classmate Ruthie Lucas drove into the box and unleashed a pass across the face of the goal to an on rushing Taylor for an easy tap in to give Salisbury the early lead.
Wesley responded 2 minutes later as Aleyah Cummins sent a long ball over the top to Madison Roberts. Roberts took a touch and placed a shot past an on rushing Hope Knussman to tie the game up at 1-1 just 15 minutes into the match.
Five minutes later Salisbury silenced the visiting fans when Taylor notched her second goal of the match. Erin McQuate played a curling cross into the box that found Taylor, who volleyed home her strike to give the Sea Gulls the lead again approaching the midpoint of the half.
Keeping complacency at bay with a one goal cushion, Salisbury remained on the offensive as time wound down in the first. Senior midfielder Jayne Pinsky looked to extend the Sea Gulls lead in the 32nd minute as she one timed a hard cross across goal, but it sailed inches wide of the far upper ninety.
With time winding down in the first half, Salisbury increased the lead in the 42nd minute when senior midfielder Lauren Minghenelli threaded a perfect through ball that met Lindsey Andonian in stride who calmly placed a shot to the far post to give Salisbury a two goal cushion just before the break.
Salisbury would head into the break with a 3-1 lead, outshooting Wesley 18-2, and collecting three out of the four corners of the half. Junior goalkeeper Knussman would end the first half with one save for the Sea Gulls as Sam Brannigan would tally six saves for the Wolverines.
At the start of the second half the Sea Gulls wasted no time as senior midfielder Minghenelli tallied her first goal of the season in emphatic fashion. She took a touch in space and ripped a bullet from 32 yards out that went into the far upper ninety to give the Sea Gulls a 4-1 lead ten minutes into the second.
Salisbury added one more marker late in the match to make it 5-1 as junior forward Ellen Anderson would get her second goal of the season. Anderson volleyed home a cross from freshman Megan Brady to top off an explosive outshowing from the Salisbury offensive unit.
The Sea Gulls would end the match outshooting the Wolverines 30-2 and collecting nine of the ten corners to round out the day. Knussman ended the day with one save while Brannigan and Amanda Deputy combined for seven saves for Wesley.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action Saturday, October 29, against St. Mary's. The game time is TBD.