NEWARK, N.J. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team recorded its second victory of the season in a defining road win over Rutgers University-Newark on Tuesday evening, 2-1. Forward Ruthie Lucas scored twice for the Sea Gulls, while freshman goalkeeper Emma Hill earned her first start — and win — of her college career.
The first Sea Gull score came in the 14th minute. Midfielder Dana Gordon controlled a Scarlet Raider turnover just inside the offensive zone before dropping a pass in front of Lucas. The senior was then able to create a breakaway move before drilling her shot into the back of the net from the center of the box.
Salisbury would hold its 1-0 lead into halftime, despite trailing in shots, 8-2.
Rutgers-Newark tied things up in the 52nd minute off a corner kick. Samantha Richter redirected the kick from teammate Juliana Cebellos with her head, launching the ball into the front right corner of the net.
The Sea Gulls regained the lead 12 minutes later on a heads up play by Lucas. Scarlet Raider goalkeeper Diana Carvalho looked to have controlled a centering pass from Salisbury, but the ball ended up skidding out of her hands. Lucas, having not given up on the play, was in the right place to poke the ball past Carvalho and into the net for the game winner.
The Sea Gulls finished the game leading in shots, 14-12. Hill had four saves in her first career win. Lucas secured a multi-goal game for the second time in four days.
The Sea Gulls continue their road trip when they travel to Buena Vista, Virginia on Saturday, September 23 to take on the Southern Virginia University Knights. The game marks the first Capital Athletic Conference matchup of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.