Sep 14, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team took on the Roanoke College Maroons Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup, playing the Maroons to a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods.
The first half was a fast paced back-and-forth affair, the Sea Gulls outshot the Maroons 6-4, but both teams had good looks at goal.
Salisbury would waste no time getting the offense moving as senior Jayne Pinsky fired a shot just wide of the Maroon keeper in the fourth minute. Eight minutes later classmate Carli Dixon would get the Sea Gulls on the board in dynamic fashion when she ripped a shot from distance that sailed over an outreached Caroline Liebel to give Salisbury an early 1-0 cushion.
The Maroons would try to even the score in the 19th minute when Maroons forward Jillian Barnard fired a shot that was smothered by junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman for her first save of the contest.
The Sea Gulls final scoring chance of the half came in the 41st minute when freshman forward Julianna Boller laced a shot on target but was gobbled up by Liebel to send Salisbury into the half with a one goal lead.
After the break, Chris Martin was subbed in at goal for Liebel and it wouldn't be long before she experienced the Sea Gull offense. Six minutes into the second half Salisbury had two back to back scoring opportunities off a corner kick but were unable to convert as a well positioned Martin notched her first two saves of the match.
The Sea Gulls kept the offensive pace up during the second half until the 75th minute when Roanoke substitute Sierra-lynn Johnson headed a cross home to bring the Maroons even at 1-1.
Both teams would battle back and forth for the go ahead goal, but 90 minutes wouldn't be enough to separate the two.
With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, both teams would advance to two, ten minute, golden goal overtime periods. The first extra-time period was a defensive display from both sides with the Sea Gulls notching the only shot.
The second overtime period saw a volley of offense from both sides vying for a chance to steal a late minute winner. 15 seconds into the period, Roanoke's Linnea Kremer pushed a shot wide, two minutes before fellow classmate Marlana Barnard would rattle one off the post to give the Maroon's their best chance for a win.
Salisbury would get a flurry of chances to snatch a winner in the final six minutes of extra time as Ruthie Lucas, Lindsey Andonian, and Pinsky all put shots on frame but couldn't get any to fall before time expired.
Knussman lead all 110 minutes of action in front of the net for the Sea Gulls, collecting four saves on the afternoon. Liebel and Chris Martin combined for nine saves in the contest for Roanoke.
The Sea Gulls continue their road campaign this Saturday, September 17th, at 2:30 p.m. as they travel to the nation's capital to take on Catholic University of America in non-conference play.