SALISBURY, Md. – The top-seeded and third-ranked Salisbury University field hockey took down a very game fourth-seeded York Spartans, 3-0, on Wednesday to clinch a spot in Saturday's Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship game.
Final Score: Salisbury 3, York 0
Records: Salisbury (17-1) | York (10-10)
Location: Sea Gull Stadium – Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury struggled to get their offense going in the first half as the Sea Gulls were held to five shots and no penalty corners in a scoreless half.
- Salisbury came out of the halftime break on fire. Meghan Jolikko stole the ball in the attacking midfield and pushed the ball towards goal. She was able to get her shot past Kaitlin Wallace and into the goal.
- Four minutes later, Jolikko was able to pass the ball over to Jenna Partilla in front of the cage and she was able to net Salisbury's second goal of the game.
- With just over a minute left in the third quarter, Partilla played a ball over to McKenzie Mitchell in the arc. Mitchell would blast a slap shot off of Wallace and into the cage.
- Salisbury tallied 17 shots, including 12 second-half shots in the game.
- The Salisbury defense held York to one shot and one penalty corner, both in the second quarter.
- Jenna Partilla and Meghan Jolikko each notched a goal and an assist.
- McKenzie Mitchell registered a goal for Salisbury.
- York's Kaitlin Wallace made eight saves.
- Dom Farrace did not face a shot on goal.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Salisbury advances to its 24th CAC Championship game in program history.
- Mitchell now leads the team with 11 goals so far this season.
- Jolikko tallied her eighth goal and fifth assist of the season.
- Partilla recorded her fifth assist and third goal of the 2019 campaign in the semifinals.