Sea Gulls stay in playoff hunt with 1-0 win over St. Mary's

Sea Gulls stay in playoff hunt with 1-0 win over St. Mary's

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team picked up a crucial conference win with a 1-0 victory against St. Mary's (Md.) College Wednesday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex.

Sophomore Victoria Luc netted the only goal of the contest at the 53:48 mark in the second half. The Pasadena, Md., native put a header on goal, off a cross sent into the box by classmate Heather Deamond, and put the ball in the back of the net.

It was the first time Salisbury (8-5-3, 3-2-1 CAC) has scored since Oct. 12, in a 2-0 win over Penn State-Harrisburg, and the one goal was enough to pick up the win.

Both teams had chances early in the first half, but were stymied in their attempts. The Seahawks nearly capitalized on their first chance, just 89 seconds into the contest, when Jess Konecke maneuvered past sophomore Jenna DeLetto, with junior Michelle Conrad needing to make a sprawling save on the shot attempt. The ball was still loose in the box, with sophomore Jackie Lambergman clearing the ball out of the zone.

Roughly 10 minutes later the Sea Gulls had their chance to get on the board when freshman Marissa Walker settled the ball at the top the box, and from the top right corner of the box ripped a low shot, forcing St. Mary's (5-8-3, 4-2) goalie Kelsey Wirtz to make a diving stop.

Salisbury outshot the Seahawks 8-5 in the first 45 minutes and attempted the only five corner kicks in the first half. For the contest, the Sea Gulls outshot St. Mary's 17-6.

Freshman Alesha Seifert picked up the win for the Sea Gulls in net, improving her record to 5-0. The Easton, Pa., native has not allowed a goal in nine of the 10 contests she has appeared in this season. Coming into this afternoon, Seifert led the Capital Athletic Conference in goals against (one), goals-against average (0.17) and save percentage (.944).

Seifert came into the contest to begin the second half for the Sea Gulls. Conrad played the first 45 minutes in net, making four saves.

The Sea Gulls are next in action this Saturday, Oct. 26, hosting Marymount (Va.) University for Senior Day. As part of the event, the women's soccer team will be raising awareness for breast cancer, with a silent auction taking place during the contest. The team has put together three baskets with local themes – the State of Maryland, Salisbury University and the beach – to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The team will also have a table set up near the entrance to the field that will have literature about breast cancer awareness, free pink stickers and will be selling pink balloons for $3 that will be affixed to the fence surrounding the field.

The contest against the Saints is scheduled to begin 1 p.m.

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