Salisbury's four-game unbeaten streak snapped with 2-0 loss to CNU

Salisbury's four-game unbeaten streak snapped with 2-0 loss to CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.  – The Salisbury University women's soccer team saw its four-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 loss against Christopher Newport University Wednesday evening in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Sophomore Tabitha Brown led the Sea Gull attack with four shots.

In the first half, the statsheet was nearly even, with the only difference being the Captains able to put home chances on goal. Christopher Newport (10-2-1, 4-0 CAC) outshot the Sea Gulls 7-6 in the first 45 minutes, with a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Salisbury (7-5-2, 2-2) nearly took an early advantage just 4:31 into the contest, when sophomore Christine Clark put a header on goal off an inserted corner kick from classmate Samantha Beck. The duo had another chance just 61 seconds later, off the same scenario, this time with Clark's header going just high.

It was just over 12 minutes later that the Captains were able to capitalize on an opportunity, as Joy Piirto placed a strike from 30 yards out into the top right corner of the net past junior Michelle Conrad 17:44 into the contest.

The Captains nearly added to their lead less than five minutes later, as the Sea Gulls came up with a defensive save, with a rebound shot saved by Conrad. It was at the 32:10 mark that Christopher Newport broke through again, giving it a 2-0 lead going into the break.

For the third-consecutive contest, freshman Alesha Seifert replaced Conrad to start the second half. For the contest, Conrad made two saves, with Seifert stopping an additional shot.

The Sea Gulls had opportunities in the second half, including a header by Brown just 3:37 into the half that was cleared by the Captain defense before rolling over the goal line. Salisbury outshot the Captains 11-2 in the second half but were unable to break the Christopher Newport clean sheet. Five of Salisbury's second half shots were on goal, compared to just one Captain attempt.

The Sea Gulls wrap up a four-game road trip on Saturday, taking on Frostburg State University. That match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. Salisbury returns to the SU Soccer Complex after being away for just over two weeks on Wednesday, Oct. 23, taking on St. Mary's (Md.) College.

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