SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team hosts the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday as the number-two seed, with the University of Mary Washington coming to the SU Soccer Complex as the number-six seed. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury finished the regular season second in the conference, with an overall record of 10-5-3 and a conference record of 7-2. The Sea Gulls won four of their last five CAC games to clinch the number-two seed, with their only loss in the stretch coming to top-seeded Christopher Newport University in a 1-0 thriller.
How they got here
The Eagles come into today's game on a three-game winning streak, with wins over Penn State University-Harrisburg, Wesley College and a 3-2 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland in the first round of the conference tournament. UMW scored two quick goals in the game to go up 2-0 against St. Mary's less than 15 minutes into the game. Just three minutes later, the Seahawks came fighting back with a goal of their own, but the Eagles would score again a minute later to go up 3-1. St. Marys would score again, but it would not be enough, as Mary Washington held on to win, 3-2.
The last time we met
The two teams met on October 18 at the SU Soccer Complex for Senior Day, with the Sea Gulls scoring a 2-0 victory. Sophomore Jenny Gavigan scored a goal in the first half to put SU up 1-0, and junior Victoria Luc tapped in the insurance goal in the second to guarantee a win for Salisbury.
Carrying the momentum
Although the Sea Gulls hold a 12-17-6 overall record against the Eagles, Salisbury has won seven-straight games against Mary Washington. Just two years ago, these two teams met on the same stage, with the SU pulling out a 1-0 win over UMW to advance to the CAC Championship game.
Scouting Mary Washington
Mary Washington is led offensively by Anna Manser, who leads the Eagles in goals with six, and points with 12. Taylor Decker leads the team in assists, with four on the season. On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Charlotte Owens has recorded 43 saves and has tallied a 1.56 goals against average.
The winner of the game will advance to the CAC championship game against the winner of Christopher Newport and fourth-seeded Frostburg State University.