SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team returned to action on Saturday afternoon but fell to St. John Fisher College, 2-1.
The Cardinals (4-1-1) traveled to Salisbury having not given up a goal since a 2-0 opening day loss to Montclair State University back on September 1st. That defensive prowess was on display on Saturday as they managed to keep the Sea Gulls (3-5-1) out of the score column for the first 89 minutes of the game.
The ball stayed in the middle of the field for the first 19 minutes of the match with each team registering only one shot. The Cardinals' second shot in the 20th minute, however, broke the 0-0 tie. Forward Carli Kovarik, who had scored all three of her team's goals on the season coming into the game, tallied her fourth when she wound up on the receiving end of a rebounded ball at the top of the box and a wide open look that found the back of the net.
Salisbury's best chance to even the score came six minutes later when Liliana Caceres drilled a laser from just outside the box that got a piece of the far side post and bounced back out to a Cardinals defender for a clear.
St. John Fisher then doubled its lead in the 70th minute off a corner kick. Jessica Aldred delivered her kick from the left corner across the front of the net where teammate Shiane Irwin got her head on the ball for the redirect inside the far past.
With time ticking down, the Sea Gulls managed to avoid the shutout. With under 10 seconds left, the Cardinal goalkeeper looked to play a ball at the edge of the box but couldn't get control in time. A defender tried to clear the misplay, but the ball found the foot of Caceres and this time stayed inside the near post for the score.
Despite the loss, Salisbury led St. John Fisher in shots, 19-8. Each team registered six fouls and St. John Fisher edged Salisbury in corner kicks, 6-2.
The team will take a week off before beginning Capital Athletic Conference play next Saturday, September 29 when it hosts Frostburg State University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.