Sea Gulls defeat Spartans, 2-1, after two first-half goals

Sea Gulls defeat Spartans, 2-1, after two first-half goals

YORK, Pa. – For the second game in a row, the Salisbury University women's soccer team scored two goals in the first half, defeating York College of Pennsylvania, 2-1, in Capital Athletic Conference action.

It did not take long for the Sea Gulls (10-4-3, 7-1 CAC) to get on the scoreboard in the first half. Just over four minutes in, junior Logan O'Meara ripped a shot that was blocked by a Spartan defender. O'Meara then collected the rebound and dribbled inside the box, shooting the ball high and into the back of the net.

Within the next 21 minutes of the period, York (8-5-3, 4-3-1 CAC) fired off five shots, including one that was wide left by just a couple of inches, but the Salisbury defense would not allow a goal.

At 29:37, freshman Ruthie Lucas scored her second goal of the season. Junior Heather Deamond launched a ball up the right sideline from midfield to junior Victoria Luc, who crossed the ball into the box to Lucas. Redirecting the cross with her thigh, Lucas sent the ball into the the net, giving SU a 2-0 lead.

The Sea Gulls were outshot 6-3 in the half, but senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad recorded two saves to keep the Spartans off the board in the period.

Just over two minutes into the second, Shyanne Kimbrough took a shot and senior defender Jackie Holtzman slid in the way at the last second to make a defensive save. However, Kimbrough collected her own rebound and took another shot, which went past Conrad and diminished Salisbury's lead to one.

The Sea Gulls allowed three more shots from the Spartans in the period, but SU's defense held strong and kept York from tying the game.

Conrad played all 90 minutes in goal for Salisbury and gathered three saves, while Melanie Glessner and Stevi Lukacz split time in front of the net for York, recording a total of one save.

The Spartans held an 11-6 shot advantage and took all four of the corner kicks in the game.

Salisbury will compete in its final regular-season home game of the season on Wednesday when the Gulls take on Christopher Newport University in CAC play. First touch is set for 3 p.m.

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