FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon to take on the rival Bobcats in its first game away from home following a 3-1 homestand. A goal early in the second half was all Frostburg needed to secure the 1-0 win.
The first half sailed by quickly, with neither team finding many shot opportunities. Control of possession remained equal and the ball spent most of the first 45 minutes in the middle third of the field.
Salisbury's best opportunity of the half came in the 20th minute when senior Jamie Tacka hammered a shot from almost 40 yards out that hit off the crossbar to keep the score column empty.
Liliana Caceres had an opportunity of her own in the last seconds, but time expired before she could get her shot off, which ended up sailing just wide.
Tacka's shot was only one of two for the Sea Gulls in the first half. The Bobcats entered halftime with five shots.
Frostburg struck quickly in the second half to take a 1-0 lead only three minutes in. Danielle Ferris drove the ball upfield before delivering a pass across the middle to teammate Brooke Shehade. Shehade redirected the pass behind goalkeeper Hope Knussman, who had come up just short of making another aggressive play away from the goal.
The Sea Gulls began to steal back momentum as the second half carried on. From the 60th minute on, Salisbury would record a total of nine shots.
The best opportunity Salisbury had to tie the game came with only three minutes remaining when Bobcat goalkeeper Emily Faust collided with a Sea Gull at the edge of the box. Faust stayed down, but no whistle was blown to stop play, leaving the goal wide open. Forward Julianna Boller delivered a shot at the open net, but a Bobcat defender made a spectacular play, heading the ball out of harm's way just in time.
The ensuing corner kick provided one final opportunity for Salisbury, but it could not convert on the attempt. The Bobcats held on for the 1-0 victory.
With the loss, the Sea Gulls drop one spot in the Capital Athletic Conference standings, to third place. The Bobcats jump into the number two spot. With each team playing one more regular season contest, a Sea Gulls' win along with a Bobcats' loss or tie is needed to send Salisbury back into the second spot and earn a first-round bye when the conference playoffs begin next weekend.
Salisbury plays its final regular season match on Wednesday, October 25 when it travels north to Wesley College to take on the Wolverines. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.