NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team put forth a strong effort against No. 25 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, October 21 in a crucial Capital Athletic Conference matchup, but fell just short, dropping the contest, 1-0, after a second-half goal by the Captains.
Christopher Newport started off the game quickly, peppering the Salisbury goal with five shots within the first 11 minutes, but the Sea Gulls' defense was up to the task, as junior goalkeeper Alesha Seifert turned away two shots, and the SU back line blocked two more.
At 23:14, the Sea Gulls had a chance on offense when sophomore Rachel Anderson took a shot on goal, but the Captains' goalkeeper, Carly Maglio, came up with the save. Just over 30 seconds later, Salisbury had another scoring opportunity that was disrupted by Maglio when junior Lindsey Andonian took a header that was saved.
Seifert came up with three more big saves in the period, including a diving effort at 33:03 off a shot from Kayla Locklear, to keep Christopher Newport scoreless at the break.
Seifert's five saves in the first half were good enough to tie her career mark in the category, which she recorded on September 8, 2013, against Bridgewater (Va.) College.
The Sea Gulls came out aggressive in the second half, tallying three shots, including two on goal, in the first five minutes of the period.
Despite the quick start from Salisbury in the period, it was Christopher Newport that struck less than 10 minutes into the half. Abby Johnson capitalized on a tricky play in front of the net after a corner kick, sending the ball past Seifert from three yards out to give her team a 1-0 lead.
In the 50th minute, senior Kandace Racine took a header from the left corner of the six, sending the ball to the right side, but Maglio dove in for the save. Off the rebound, senior Logan O'Meara took a chance at evening the score, but Maglio returned to her feet just in time to make another save.
At 68:32, the Sea Gulls went on the attack again and had a close opportunity to notch the equalizer when O'Meara launched an attempt toward the net, but the ball went just over the crossbar.
With under a minute to go in regulation and after an offsides call against the Captains, the Sea Gulls had one more chance to send the game into overtime. Seifert sent a free kick down the middle of the field that senior Jenna DeLetto was able to handle, and she dribbled toward the box and fired a ball towards the goal, but it sailed just inches above the net.
Seifert played all 90 minutes in goal for Salisbury, seeing 10 shots on goal and collecting a career-high nine saves in the contest. Maglio tallied four saves in front of the net for Christopher Newport.
The Captains posted a 14-10 shot advantage in the contest, while the Sea Gulls recorded a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Salisbury will turn around and travel to take on the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, October 24 in another CAC matchup. That game is set for 1 p.m.