SALISBURY, Md. – The fifth-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team will travel to top-seeded Christopher Newport University for a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal matchup on Wednesday, October 31 at 6 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished the regular season with a 3-4 conference record to lock up the fifth seed in the conference tournament. Salisbury traveled to fourth-seeded Frostburg State University in the opening round and defeated the Bobcats in overtime, 3-2 to move on to the semifinal round. Brooke Rossiter scored the game-winner — and her second goal of the match — with under two minutes left in the overtime period to keep the Gulls' season alive.
How they got here
The Captains coasted into the top seed in this year's tournament with a perfect 7-0 record in conference play. They hosted eighth-seeded Southern Virginia University in the opening round and went on to win the match, 2-0, on goals by Gabby Gillis and Riley Cook.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport not only holds the top seed in this year's conference tournament, but is also currently ranked No. 15 in the nation with a 15-1 overall record. The team's lone loss on the season dates back to 2-1 defeat to the University of Lynchburg on September 26. Since then, the Captains have built a 10-game winning streak while outscoring opponents 36-4. Cook currently ranks 14th in the nation with 18 goals, and 18th overall with 42 total points. Sophomore forward Maxine Borris is ranked 12th in the nation with 11 assists.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Captains met back on October 17 in Newport News, Virginia, With Salisbury falling to Christopher Newport, 2-0. Despite the loss, Salisbury goalkeeper Regan Benton played one of her best games of the season, making 13 total saves to keep her team in a match.
Since joining the conference in 2000, the Captains have found success against Salisbury, going 12-5-2 against the Gulls. The last time the Sea Gulls defeated their conference foes dates back to a 2-1 double overtime win on September 19, 2012. Surprisingly, the two programs have only met once in postseason play, with the Captains defeating the Sea Gulls, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals back on November 6, 2013.
The winner of Wednesday's match advances to the CAC championship match on Saturday, November 3 and will face the winner of sixth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland and second-seeded the University of Mary Washington for the 2018 CAC title.