SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team solidified its positioning in the Capital Athletic Conference standings, defeating Marymount (Va.) University, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex. Coming into the contest, the Sea Gulls were in fourth place in the conference, with the third and fourth-place teams hosting first-round games in the CAC tournament.
The Sea Gulls had an offensive explosion, netting a season high in goals. Salisbury (9-5-3, 4-2-1 CAC) had a previous season-high of five goals, set on Oct. 8 against Penn State University Harrisburg. The Gulls bested that effort in the first half against the Saints. That offensive output was more than enough to pick up the crucial conference win.
The Sea Gulls nearly got on the board 7:36 into the game when junior goalie Michelle Conrad came across the midfield stripe to boot in a free kick roughly 15 yards across the midfield line. Conrad sent the ball in the direction of the goal, the Marymount (5-10, 2-5) goalie misjudged the ball, which bounced over her head and bounced off the crossbar. A Marymount defender cleared the ball before the Sea Gulls could capitalize on the rebound but it wouldn't be much later before the Sea Gulls got on the board.
Freshman Jayne Pinsky put Salisbury on the board 13:01 into the contest, settling a pass from sophomore Tabitha Brown, who corralled a free kick from classmate Samantha Beck. The goal by Pinsky was the first of her collegiate career.
Beck got back on the score sheet at the 23:53 mark, when she settled a rebound and beat the Marymount goalie. Pinsky unloaded a shot from the top of the box, which was blocked by a Saint defender. Beck settled that deflection to net her second goal of the season.
Later in the first half, goals were added by sophomore Logan O'Meara, freshman Jayne Cuhna and Marissa Walker. Cuhna netted her second goal of the half, and season, to cap the scoring in the first half for the Sea Gulls.
The Sea Gulls outshot Marymount 11-0 in the first half and 18-5 for the contest. Much of the action was in the Salisbury offensive zone, with the statsheet reflecting that.
Conrad played the first 38:28 of the contest and did not face any shots. Replacing her was sophomore Nya Dobbs, who played the remainder of the first half. Freshman Alesha Seifert started and played the second half.
Marymount got on the board early in the second half to narrow the lead to 6-1, at the 51:17 mark, when Amy Lawton sent in a shot from the far left side of the field, which went past Seifert into the right side of the net. It was only the second goal allowed by Seifert, who has seen action in 11 Sea Gull contests.
Prior to the contest, Head Coach Kwame Lloyd and the program recognized two seniors, midfielder Alex Gower and assistant coach Logan Brittingham, for their contributions to the program. In 64 games played, Gower has scored two goals and has patrolled the midfield for the Gulls. Brittingham was a member of the 2011 Sea Gulls before injuries derailed her playing career. Since that time, she has been involved with the program as a team manager and this season as an assistant coach.
The team also raised funds and awareness for breast cancer. A raffle was held during the game for gift baskets put together by the team. The team also had a table set up near the entrance to the field that had literature about the Susan G. Komen Foundation, where all of today's proceeds went to, and pink stickers available to those in attendance.
The Sea Gulls wrap up their regular season on Wednesday, hosting Route 13 rival Wesley College. That contest is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.