Sea Gulls drop season opener to Bridgewater, 2-0

Sea Gulls drop season opener to Bridgewater, 2-0

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled to Washington and Lee University and took on the Eagles of Bridgewater (Va.) College on Friday, falling in the season opener, 2-0.

The game started as a defensive struggle, with the first shot of the game not coming until 9:14 in, when Jenna DeLetto fired a shot wide of the net. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad kept the game scoreless, making four saves before the Eagles found the back of the net after a goal by Sarah Brennan off an assist by Anna Theisen.

The Salisbury defense held off Bridgewater for the rest of the half, and went into the break trailing, 1-0. At halftime, the teams were even with seven shots apiece, as the Sea Gulls put two tries on net.

The second half was much the same as the first, with both teams playing hard on the defensive side. Conrad and the Sea Gull defense faced a barrage of shots and remained strong until Bridgewater broke through at 74:59 with an insurance goal, increasing its lead to 2-0. Michelle Viegas scored the goal with an assist from Logan Hatfield.

Salisbury managed to get nine shots off the entire game, while Bridgewater recorded 17 attempts. Julie Dannenberg, Ruthie Lucas, and Lindsey Andonian all registered two shots in the contest for the Sea Gulls.

Conrad played all 90 minutes in front of the net for the Sea Gulls and saved seven balls. Krista Kelly was in goal for the Eagles, and collected four saves.

Bridgewater had a slight 4-2 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon.

The Sea Gulls (0-1) will be back in action tomorrow when they take on non-conference opponent Washington and Lee at 1 p.m.

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