Women's soccer set for CAC first-round match at St. Mary's

Women's soccer set for CAC first-round match at St. Mary's

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team will travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland for a first round match of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, October 29 with the match beginning at noon.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls finished the regular season with a 5-7-4 record and went 4-4-1 in conference play, which earned them the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Salisbury is coming off a 5-1 victory over Wesley College, which sealed the trip to the tournament.

How they got here

St. Mary's finished the regular season posting a 9-6-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 record in conference play. St. Mary's enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, securing wins over Penn State-Harrisburg, Frostburg State University, Salisbury, Marymount (Va.) University, Wesley College, and Southern Virginia University. The Seahawks are coming off a 3-2, double-overtime loss to York on Wednesday.

The last time we met

Salisbury lost to St. Mary's 2-0, on October 5. The Seahawks held a slight edge in shots, 17-12, and earned four corner kicks in the match, one more than Salisbury. St. Mary's grabbed the early lead, scoring in the fourth minute, and added the insurance tally in the 77th to seal the victory.

Scouting St. Mary's

St. Mary's attack is commanded by Gillian Sawyer and Emily Huey. Sawyer has tallied a team-high 13 goals and four assists, while Huey has notched a second-best five goals and four assists. On the defensive side, the Seahawks are led by goalkeeper Sydney Larkin, who is currently sitting in third in the league with an .828 save percentage.

Finishing strong

The Salisbury defense has finished the year strong, surrendering one goal or less in five of its last six games, including a pair of shutouts. The shutouts came in 4-0 victories, both on the road, at Marymount and Penn State-Harrisburg. 

What's next?

The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the CAC semifinals at No. 2 seeded Frostburg State University on Wednesday, November 2.

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