Sea Gulls start off strong by going 3-1 on opening day of SU Classic

Sea Gulls start off strong by going 3-1 on opening day of SU Classic

SALISBURY Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team took on Meredith College on Friday afternoon for the first game of the Salisbury University Classic and the Gulls came out confident and strong, notching a 3-1 victory in non-conference action.

Sophomore Jenna Taylor opened her 2016 account for the Sea Gulls in the 19th minute when she calmly converted a beautiful pass from across the face of the goal from junior Ruthie Lucas. Lucas took a deflection towards the right side of the 18, beat a defender and threaded a ball between two Angel defenders to an on-rushing Taylor for a calm tap in to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead.

The freshmen class would make its presence felt in the 32nd minute when Liliana Caceres and Lydia Narum were subbed in to make their debut for the Sea Gulls. Caceres and Narum showed great confidence and composure in the minutes they saw including winning headers, crisp passing, tenacious defense and a glimpse of what's to come for the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury's dynamic senior midfield would go on to control the tempo for the rest of the half, while the Gulls defensive wall held Meredith to two shots on goal and only one corner kick in the first half.

Salisbury's first shot of the second half came in the 55th minute when Narum fired a shot but was blocked by an Angel. Seven minutes later senior Erin McQuate would try to get her name on the board for the Gulls, but her headed cross found a well-positioned Meredith keeper.

The Sea Gulls found the net again nine minutes later when senior Jayne Pinsky tallied her first goal off of a pass from Lucas to give Salisbury a two-goal cushion. Lucas, who pounced on a poor defensive pass, drove towards the goal attracting two defenders and was able to loft a pass to an on rushing Pinsky. The senior one touched it off the bounce and calmly fired a shot across the goal into the far bottom right netting.

Taylor notched her second goal for the club in the 77th minute when she collected a poor defensive clearance and blasted a left-footed shot across goal to give Salisbury a 3-0 cushion going into the home stretch.

Junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman kept the Avenging Angels scoreless until the 82nd minute when Ellice Johnson collected a mishandled clear and was able to volley a shot through traffic past Knussman into the far right corner.

Knussman, who played in all 90 minutes for the Sea Gulls earned three saves, while Loch racked up three saves in her 79 minutes for the Avenging Angels. Due to impending weather the remaining games in the SU Classic have been cancelled.

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