BUENA VISTA, Va. – Senior Samantha Beck notched two first-half goals and an assist to lead the Salisbury University women's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Southern Virginia University on Monday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Sea Gulls got started early in the contest, scoring their first goal just over two minutes into the game. After getting fouled about five yards outside of the box, Beck was tasked with taking the free kick and came through for Salisbury, putting the ball into the back of the net to go up 1-0.
Under three minutes later, the Gulls increased their lead to 2-0 after Beck found senior Jenna DeLetto for the score. DeLetto got the pass from Beck on the left side, stopped and cut back to the right, firing the ball into the top left of the net.
At 9:03, Salisbury capped the scoring in the half when Beck scored on a breakaway attempt from the right side just outside of the 18, sending the ball into the left of the net.
The Sea Gulls maintained possession for most of the period, outshooting the Knights 17-1 and posting a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
It took less than 15 minutes for Salisbury to score in the second half, as junior Lauren Minghenelli notched her first goal of the season off an assist by junior Lindsey Andonian. Minghenelli took the ball from Andonian in the middle of the field from about five yards outside the 18, and one-touched a ball that deflected off a Southern Virginia defender's head and landed in the goal.
Much like the first half, the Sea Gulls held possession for most of the period, holding a 10-6 shot advantage, but the Knights posted a 3-1 edge in corners in the second.
Junior goalkeeper Alesha Seifert played the first 45 minutes of action in goal for the Gulls, earning her third win on the season. Sophomore Hope Knussman played in front of the net for Salisbury in the second, picking up two saves. Savannah Uri garnered six saves in goal for Southern Virginia.
Salisbury will be back at home at the SU Soccer Complex on Saturday, October 17 when it hosts York College of Pennsylvania for Senior Day and its annual Pink Day game. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m.