ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Capital Athletic Conference opponent Seahawks. A first half goal was all the Sea Gulls needed as they earned their second consecutive conference shutout with the 1-0 victory.
The Sea Gulls (5-6-1, 2-1-0 CAC) struck first in the 33rd minute when Lydia Narum redirected a through ball from the middle of the field out left for Madison Hogsten. Hogsten beat her defender to the ball and turned upfield before delivering her shot into the far post just out of reach of the Seahawk goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.
Salisbury closed out the first half with the 1-0 lead while the defense also did its part by holding the Seahawks (6-8-0, 1-2-0 CAC) to two shots, both of which came in the final ten minutes.
St. Mary's had an opportunity on an equalizer six minutes into the start of the second half when Jenn Pastel took the ball up the right side of the field before turning in to take her shot. Salisbury goalkeeper Regan Benton stretched out to stop its momentum towards the net, but the ball sat in no man's land for a few moments before a Salisbury defender could clear it out of harm's way.
Pastel and teammate Emmey German both had open shots in the 83rd and 84th minutes as the Seahawks began a late game rally, but neither shot landed on goal, with Pastel's staying wide left and German's sailing just over the crossbar.
Benton collected her second consecutive shutout victory and third on the season while recording two saves.
St. Mary's led Salisbury in shots, 7-5. Both teams were charged with seven fouls, while Salisbury was awarded four corner kick opportunities.
The team returns home this Saturday, October 13 for Salisbury University's homecoming festivities and will take on the University of Mary Washington. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.