SALISBURY, Md. – The fifth-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team will travel to fourth-seeded Frostburg State University to open the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, October 27 at 5 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished their season with a 6-9-1 record overall and 3-4 in conference. Salisbury dropped two of three to close out the regular season, including a 2-1 loss to York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon, to earn the fifth seed. The team had conference wins over Penn State University-Harrisburg, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Southern Virginia University.
How they got here
Frostburg State finished the season with a 5-10-1 overall record and 3-3-1 in the CAC. The Bobcats won two of their final three games, including a season finale 1-0 victory over Penn State-Harrisburg on Wednesday night, to move up in the conference standings and lock down the fourth seed. They also have conference wins against Southern Virginia and Salisbury, as well as a 0-0 draw with St. Mary's.
Scouting the Bobcats
Frostburg State has relied heavily on its defensive play and goalkeeping to earn victories this season with its offense ranking last in the conference with 12 goals, eight assists, and 32 points. However, the Bobcats are tied for second in the CAC with a 1.40 goals against average. Goalkeeper Rhianna Lapen has had a strong season in net for the Bobcats, ranking third in the conference with 63 saves and fourth with a 1.34 goals against average. Forward Brooke Shehade (two goals, four assists) and midfielder Jesse Dunagan (four goals) are the players to keep an eye on up front, as they share the team lead in points with eight apiece.
Last time we met
Salisbury and Frostburg State last met back on September 29 at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium. The Bobcats scored their first goal just over two minutes into the game on a header by Danielle Ferris delivered off a free kick by teammate Gwen Shemm. They doubled their lead early in the second half by converting a Brooke Shehade corner kick in the 50th minute. It was Ferris again with the goal, this time redirecting the ball with her foot for the score. A late goal by Juliana Looney in the 75th minute cut the lead back down to one, but it was all Salisbury could muster, eventually falling 2-1.
The winner of Saturday's match advances to the CAC semifinals on Wednesday, October 31 to face the winner of the opening round game between top seed Christopher Newport University and eighth-seeded Southern Virginia University.