Two first-half goals propel Sea Gulls over Wolverines

Two first-half goals propel Sea Gulls over Wolverines

DOVER, Del. – Boosted by two first-half scores, the Salisbury University women's soccer team defeated Wesley College on Wednesday evening, 2-1, in Capital Athletic Conference action.

The Sea Gulls got on the scoreboard for the first time of the evening less than 12 minutes into the match. Junior Julie Dannenberg booted a ball towards Wolverine goalkeeper Nasia Denegal that glanced off of Denegal's hands and into the back of the net to give SU an early lead.

Within the next 30 minutes of action, the Salisbury offense fired off four shots and Wesley got off two before SU would tack another one onto the scoreboard. With just six seconds left to go in the first period, junior Logan O'Meara found sophomore Lauren Minghenelli, who sent a ball past Denegal and into the net to advance the Sea Gull lead to 2-0 before halftime.

The Salisbury defense held strong in the half and only allowed a total of three shots from Wesley in the period.

In the second half, the Wolverines came out looking to cut into the two-goal lead that SU had established in the first.

In the first 25 minutes of the second period, both teams registered two shots, but just into the 72nd of minute of play, the Wolverines answered. Cassidy McSorley crossed the ball into the box, placing it in front of the goal and Breonna Day shot the ball, which hit off the crossbar and landed in the goal.

Although the Sea Gull lead was reduced to one, Salisbury would hold on, not allowing Wesley to take another shot attempt in the game.

Senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad played all 90 minutes in goal for SU and recorded two saves on the night. Denegal also played the whole match, picking up six saves in front of the net for the Wolverines.

Sophomore Jenny Gavigan, junior Katie Doleschal and O'Meara each registered two shots during the game.

Salisbury held an 11-6 advantage in shot attempts and also had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Sea Gulls will travel to take on York College of Pennsylvania in another CAC matchup on Saturday. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m.

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