ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team finished up a five-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon when it traveled to St. Mary's College of Maryland. An early goal and strong defense was enough to earn the victory over the Seahawks, pushing the team's shutout streak to three to begin conference play.
Forward Julianna Boller put her team in the lead almost immediately when she scored the contest's opening goal in the third minute. The score came following a Salisbury corner kick in which Boller was able to locate the loose ball and place it into the back of the net for the 1-0 Sea Gull lead.
Defender Rachel Anderson made a sliding stop in the 38th minute that ended a surge by the Seahawks. Anderson's play earned her a yellow card, but likely preserved the Sea Gull lead.
The ensuing free kick provided another opportunity for St. Mary's to tie the contest. Midfielder Emily Huey drove the kick from 30 yards out directly towards the top left corner of the net. For a moment it appeared to result in a Seahawk score as the team bench erupted, but play continued. The ball had hit the bottom edge of the crossbar and ricocheted directly down, where goalkeeper Hope Knussman cleared it out of harm's way before crossing the goal line.
In the second half, the Sea Gulls had a good opportunity to double their lead on a clean shot by forward Katie Beam. The shot, which came in the 54th minute, made its way from outside the box to the lower-left corner of the net, but St. Mary's goalkeeper Sydney Larkin made a diving save to deny Beam the score.
Another impressive game by the Salisbury defense limited the Seahawks' offensive chances from kickoff to the final whistle. Knussman became the prime beneficiary of her teammates' efforts while earning her second consecutive shutout win needing only two saves.
The Sea Gulls led the Seahawks in shots, 11-6, and corner kicks, 5-3. Boller's goal was her second of the season. She is currently second on the team with five points and 13 shots.
In all three Capital Athletic Conference games this season, the team has yet to let up a goal, earning a 1-0 shutout win in each of those contests.
The women's soccer team returns home for Homecoming weekend this Saturday, October 7 to play host to conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.