Women's soccer falls in regular-season finale, secures No. 2 seed in CAC tournament

Women's soccer falls in regular-season finale, secures No. 2 seed in CAC tournament

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Christopher Newport University Wednesday afternoon at the SU Soccer Complex, giving the Sea Gulls the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament that is set to kickoff Saturday, November 1.

The first 20 minutes of action consisted of back-and-forth play from the Sea Gulls and the Captains.

Christopher Newport (12-3-3, 8-0-1 CAC) got off two quick shots in the period, but both were saved by senior goalkeeper Michelle Conrad.

After the defense was tested, the SU offense went on the attack at 9:33 when junior Victoria Luc ripped a shot from 22-yards out that was collected by Captain goalkeeper Haley Casanova.

In the 21st minute, Christopher Newport found the back of the net when Victoria Perry crossed the ball from the goal line on the right side and just past Conrad. Danielle Pratt was in the box waiting for the ball and capitalized on the cross, tapping it in to give the Captains an early 1-0 lead.

Salisbury (10-5-3, 7-2 CAC) had some opportunities to even the score towards the end of the period, but could not manage to connect on a goal.

Freshman Jamie Tacka had a chance at 33:07 followed by a lined shot by junior Jenna DeLetto, but both were turned away by Casanova and the Captain defense.

The Captains held an 8-3 advantage in shot attempts and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks in the opening half.

After the chances remained limited through the first 25 minutes of the second half, the action started to heat up. Luc had a chance to put the Sea Gulls on the board when she took a shot in the 78th minute, but the ball was saved by Casanova. SU had another opportunity just nine seconds later when junior Julie Dannenberg shot the ball, but it sailed wide of the goal.

At 81:22, Conrad recorded her fifth save of the afternoon, keeping the Captains from advancing their lead.

The Salisbury offense had two chances in the next few minutes, but junior Samantha Beck's offering was stopped by Casanova and sophomore Jenny Gavigan's shot was blocked.

The Salisbury defense continued its strong play in the second half, only allowing three CNU shots in the period.

The Sea Gulls had one more chance to get on the board and force overtime when Beck fired off another shot at 85:52, but Casanova once again came through for the Captains and recorded the save, sealing the win for Christopher Newport.

Conrad played all 90 minutes in goal for the Sea Gulls and gathered five saves on the day, while Casanova also tallied five saves in the game for the Captains.

CNU had a slight 11-9 edge in shot attempts in the game and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Salisbury receives a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, awaiting the winner of first-round play between No. 3 St. Mary's College of Maryland and No. 6 University of Mary Washington. The semifinals are set for Wednesday, November 5, with the match time to be determined. Check www.suseagulls.com for further information on start time and other postseason details as they become available.

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