Sea Gulls grounded by Bobcats, fall 2-0 on senior day

Sea Gulls grounded by Bobcats, fall 2-0 on senior day

SALISBURY, MD. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team hosted Frostburg State University at the SU Soccer complex Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls fell 2-0 to the Bobcats on Senior day.

Frostburg State (7-8, 4-2 CAC) wasted no time testing the Salisbury defensive line in the first minute when freshman forward Brooke Shehade unleashed a shot that went inches over the bar.

Salisbury goalkeeper Hope Knussman would collect her first save of the match six minutes later when sophomore Melanie Bell collected a defensive miscue and fired a shot on frame, but was stifled by the junior.

However, just as the Bobcats attacked early, The Sea Gulls (4-6-1, 2-4 CAC) had their own look on frame early.

In the eighth minute junior Ruthie Lucas found herself in space just outside the box and fired a shot that went just wide to keep the score level at 0-0.

The next 26 minutes saw physical end to end play with both teams getting quality looks on goal but were unable to connect.

The  Salisbury defensive unit played a strong 34 minutes of soccer but would eventually succumb to the visitors when Melanie Bell crossed a ball from the flank to sophomore Danielle Ferris who was able to head her shot past Knussman to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead with time winding down in the half.

After the first 45 minutes of play, the Bobcats outshot the Sea Gulls 9-3 with Salisbury earning the only corner of the half. Knussman collected five saves for the Sea Gulls with Rhianna Lapen posting one save for Frostburg.

Down 1-0 after the break, Salisbury got on the attack early as Lucas collected a loose rebound in the box and ripped a shot that Lapen parried past the post to keep the lead for the Bobcats just minutes into the half.

After the brief action early, the next 28 minutes saw both teams settle into their own halves and work on maintaining possession in the midfield with neither side having good looks on goal.

Frostburg eventually broke through the midfield stalemate when Katie Broadhurst found herself with real estate ahead of the Salisbury defensive line and placed a shot just left of a diving Knussman to give the Bobcats an insurance goal with time winding down.

The Sea Gulls got their best look on goal in the 80th minute when senior midfielder Jenny Gavigan fired a dipping shot from 23 yards out that forced Lapen to punch the look over the frame to keep the lead for the Bobcats.

As the final whistle blew, the Sea Gulls were tied the Bobcats on shots with 10 a piece while Salisbury posted all six corner kicks for the match. Knussman earned five saves for the Sea Gulls as Lapen collect six for the Bobcats.

The Sea Gulls return to action Wednesday, October 19th, as they travel to take on the Captains of Christopher Newport University. The match is set for 7 p.m.

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