Sea Gulls off to best start since 2007 with 3-1 win over Western New England

Sea Gulls off to best start since 2007 with 3-1 win over Western New England

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team came up with its biggest offensive outburst of the 2011 season on Sunday afternoon, taking down Western New England University 3-1 on the final day of the Farmingdale State Tournament, hosted by Farmingdale State University.

Senior forward Sarah Jessilonis did all the damage the Gulls (2-0-1) would need early in the first half, finding the back of the net twice in a span of less than two minutes. Jessilonis scored her first goal of the year in the 17th minute, dribbling around two defenders before finding the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The one-goal lead would only be around for 113 seconds before Jessilonis put home her second goal for a 2-0 lead.

Western New England (0-3-0) cut the lead in half in the 29th minute, when Krista Gangloff scored, marking the first team that has been able to get a ball past the Salisbury defense and freshman goalkeeper Michelle Conrad this season.

Salisbury put home an insurance goal when senior Amanda Miele finished for her second score of the year, off an assist from sophomore Colleen O'Connell for the 3-1 edge.

The Sea Gulls held a decisive offensive advantage in the match, outshooting the Golden Bears 20-3 in the game. Western New England keeper Victoria Trezise stopped 11 Salisbury shots while Conrad, in net for 75 minutes, needed to turn away just one. Junior goalkeeper Melissa Orgera also played 15 shutout minutes for Salisbury.

The win gives Salisbury the program's best start since the 2007 season when the Gulls went 8-0-1 to begin the year.

The Sea Gulls will make their home debut on Wednesday as they host Richard Stockton College at the SU Soccer Complex. The game is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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