SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University women's soccer team will travel to No. 2 Frostburg State University for a Capital Athletic Conference semifinals matchup on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.
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How we got here
After earning the third-seed, the Sea Gulls defeated No. 6 Penn State-Harrisburg in a first-round CAC matchup at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium this past Saturday afternoon, by a score of 3-0.
How they got here
Frostburg State locked up the two-seed in the tournament by defeating Southern Virginia University last Wednesday by the final score of 1-0. With the top two seeds earning first round byes, the Bobcats have had a full week to prepare for the Sea Gulls in what will be their first postseason contest.
The two teams have played each other 16 times in their histories, with Salisbury holding the overall edge, 9-3-4. The Bobcats have closed the gap, going 3-3-2 since joining the CAC in 2010, while also winning the past two regular-season contests.
Salisbury and Frostburg State have squared off twice in postseason play. The more recent of the two contests coming in 2013, with the Sea Gulls advancing on penalty kicks, 4-3, in the CAC tournament first round. They also met in 2012 in the CAC championship, where the Bobcats won the tournament crown on penalty kicks, 4-3.
Last time we met
The two teams met in the regular season back on October 21 in Frostburg, Md. The Sea Gulls out-shot Frostburg State in that contest, 13-8, but the Bobcats capitalized on their best opportunity to win the match, 1-0, and leapfrog Salisbury in the conference standings to move into second.
Scouting the Bobcats
Frostburg State ranks towards the bottom of the conference in goals scored on the season, with 20, but sit at third with only 19 goals allowed. Much like the Sea Gulls, they are a team that has relied on strong defensive play to get them to where they are. The team's leading scorer, Brooke Shehade, sits at fifth in the conference with 10 goals. She scored the game-winning goal against Salisbury in the teams' regular season matchup. The Bobcats' starting goalkeeper, Emily Faust, sits in third place in the conference with a .846 save percentage.
Shutting them down
Hope Knussman earned another shutout win in the first-round victory over Penn State-Harrisburg on Saturday, making 10 saves on the afternoon. The win also helped Knussman win her third CAC Defensive Player of the Week award this season.
The defense in front of Knussman has also been solid since the start of conference play. The unit, primarily comprised of Jamie Tacka, Jenna Beck, Kayla Homeyer, and Rachel Anderson, have worked together to make good scoring chances for their opponents hard to come by.
The winner of Wednesday evening's match advances to the CAC championship on Saturday, November 4 to face the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal between No. 1 Christopher Newport University and No. 4 Saint Mary's College of Maryland.