Sea Gulls earn 6-0 victory in regular season finale

Sea Gulls earn 6-0 victory in regular season finale

DOVER, Del. – The women's soccer team traveled up Route 13 on Wednesday evening to take on Wesley College in what was its final regular season contest. Salisbury would go on to defeat the Wolverines, 6-0.

The first half was all Salisbury (9-8-0, 7-2-0 CAC), as it maintained control and pushed the ball towards the net regularly against Wesley (3-12-1, 0-9-0 CAC). The maroon and gold had a great opportunity in the opening minutes, when Lydia Narum took a corner that found the head of Jamie Tacka in front of the net. The ball redirected to Mackenzie Ryan's foot, but the Wesley goalkeeper was right there to make the point-blank save.

The Sea Gulls finally found pay dirt in the 21st minute on a goal by leading scorer Ruthie Lucas. Lucas received a pass from Narum from the left wing before beating Wesley goalkeeper Krista Salvadore for the tally.

Salisbury would double its lead in the 33rd minute. This time it was Lucas providing an assist off a breakaway for teammate Mackenzie Ryan, who had created space for herself upfield. Ryan's redirection found the back of the net to bring the score to 2-0 before halftime.

The Sea Gulls led the Wolverines in first half shots, 20-1, and corner kicks, 4-0, but they were just starting to heat up.

Carliane LaGuerre got things started for the maroon and gold in the second half with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out that carried over the head of the new Wesley goalkeeper Megan Shacklock before dipping just below the crossbar.

Lucas would record her second tally of the match less than a minute later. LaGuerre fed a pass through the Wolverine defense that found the toe of Lucas, who then caught Shacklock in a stare down before punching the ball through for the 4-0 lead.

Brooke Rossiter would get her name onto the score sheet in the 59th minute when she received an outside pass from Ryan. Rossiter put enough touch on the ball to send it around Shacklock for the score.

The final goal of the game for the Sea Gulls came in the 78th minute off the foot of Erin Chamberlin. Chamberlin, who found herself in a cluster in the middle of the box, broke out and was the first one to get a foot on a give-and-go feed from teammate Ellen Anderson. Chamberlin redirected the pass into the right side of the net to top off the 6-0 Salisbury victory.

Both teams had goalkeeper changes during the game. Wesley changed their keepers at halftime, and Emma Hill replaced Hope Knussman in the middle of the second half, once the game was out of reach.

Salisbury led the game in shots, 34-7, and corner kicks, 6-1. Wesley finished with 17 saves to Salisbury's three. Both teams had eight fouls.

Salisbury finished the night as the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CAC tournament, and will host sixth-seeded Penn State University-Harrisburg in the first round of the conference tournament on Saturday, October 28, in a contest that will begin at 2 p.m., at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

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