First half goal sinks Salisbury as they fall 1-0 to the Eagles

First half goal sinks Salisbury as they fall 1-0 to the Eagles

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team hosted the University of Mary Washington in Sunday's opening soccer match of Homecoming weekend. The Sea Gulls fell 1-0 to the Eagles after a late first half goal.

The opening 10 minutes saw both teams playing a strategic end-to-end style with each keeping possession primarily in the middle of the pitch.

The Eagles would press hard in the 11th minute and open up the Sea Gull defense as Christina Carlston got an open look on goal but junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman would deny the attempt for her first save of the contest.

The Sea Gulls' first attempt on goal came eight minutes later as senior defender Carli Dixon's cross almost found its way into the back of the net but rattled off the crossbar to keep the score tied at zero.

Salisbury's best chance of the half came in the 31st minute when junior Alex Pryor collected a through ball from Ruthie Lucas and laced a shot but her effort went wide right for the Sea Gulls.

With time winding down in the first half, Mary Washington's Allye Reynolds would capitalize for the Eagles as she collected a through ball and was able to slide her shot past a diving Knussman to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Going into halftime, the Sea Gulls outshot the Eagles 4-3, earned two out of the three corners and Knussman notched two saves for the Sea Gulls with Haley Randall recording no saves for the Eagles.

The second half would emulate much of the first with both teams playing a physical style of play working on controlling the midfield and looking for breaks in the back to send players through early on.

The remainder of the half would see a defensive stalemate as Mary Washington went on to control much of the half, holding the Sea Gull offense to only three shots, one on frame and one corner kick.

At the end of regulation Salisbury had outshot the Eagles 7-6 and earned three out of the four corners. Knussman collected three saves for the Sea Gulls while Haley Randall posted one save for the Eagles.

The Sea Gulls return to action at home on Wednesday, October 5 as they take on St. Mary's College of Maryland, the game is set for 4 p.m. 

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