SALISBURY, Md. – The road back to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game will start at home for the Salisbury University women's soccer team following a 6-0 win Wednesday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex. The Sea Gulls wrapped up the fourth seed in the CAC tournament with today's result.
Sophomore Victoria Luc netted her first career hat trick to pace the Sea Gull offense.
Salisbury (10-5-3, 5-2-1 CAC) got on the board early as sophomore Samantha Beck put a shot over the packed-in Wesley (4-13-1, 0-8) defense, just 3:21 into the contest. The Walkersville, Md., native lifted a shot from the left side of the field outside the 18-yard box, over the shoulder of the Wolverine goalie and into the right side of the net.
Beck tallied the second goal for Salisbury at the 21:44 mark, giving the Sea Gulls a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Heather Group played a ball into the middle of the field, which was settled by freshman Lindsey Andonian. Andonian crossed the ball to Beck, who put home her fourth goal of the season.
Luc pushed the lead to 3-0 with 4:16 remaining in the first half, intercepting a Wolverine pass and put the ball in the back of the net. That goal wrapped up the scoring for the first half. Luc would not be finished getting on the score sheet though.
Salisbury controlled much of the action, with Wesley content to push the ball out of its defensive end and let the Sea Gulls chase and regroup. The Sea Gulls outshot Wesley 11-0 in the first half and 19-1 for the contest. Wesley got its first shot of the game by Natalie Trujillo 59:39 into the contest. The shot was from 35 yards out and went wide left.
Often, when the Salisbury offense worked its way through the Wesley defense, there were several Wolverine defenders swarming to the ball. For much of the contest, all 10 Wesley field players were in the defensive end, clogging up passing and shooting lanes.
The Wolverine deflections led to a 3-0 Salisbury advantage in corner kicks in the first half, with a 6-0 edge for the match.
Salisbury added to its lead just 2:33 into the second half when sophomore Christine Clark put home the first goal of her collegiate career. Beck sent in a corner kick that bounced around in the box before the Rockville, Md., native settled the ball and rifled it into the back of the net.
Luc scored the fifth and sixth goals for the Sea Gulls, at the 62:24 and 67:48 marks. Classmate Shelby Lyon assisted her second goal and freshman Jayne Cuhna registered the helper for Luc's third goal of the contest.
Junior Michelle Conrad started the contest in goal and was never tested during her time in goal. She was replaced by freshman Alesha Seifert at the half; she saw one shot sent her way but did not register a save in 28:07 of play. Sophomore Nya Dobbs came in with 16:53 remaining in the contest.
Going into today's contest, the Sea Gulls knew it would face Frostburg State University for the second time this season but this time the Bobcats will come to the Eastern Shore. The two teams played a week and a half ago, with 110 minutes not enough time to settle a 0-0 contest.
This will also be a rematch of last season's CAC championship match, which was settled by penalty kicks following 110 minutes of scoreless action. The Bobcats edged out Salisbury to claim the CAC championship.
The Sea Gulls will host Frostburg this Saturday, Nov. 2. The time for that contest is yet to be determined. Check back to www.suseagulls.com for more information about the first-round matchup as it becomes available.