Sea Gulls shut down Lions for fourth straight conference shutout

Sea Gulls shut down Lions for fourth straight conference shutout

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team played host to Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon as part of Homecoming weekend festivities. Another early score mixed with a stifling defensive presence gave the Sea Gulls another shutout victory, defeating their conference opponents, 2-0.

The Sea Gulls (6-7, 4-0 CAC) got off to another quick start offensively by scoring their first goal only nine minutes into the contest. Forward Julianna Boller found an opening to the right side of the box and dribbled the ball through the defense before shooting it to the right of goalkeeper Kayla Arnold and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

In the time before Boller's score, the Lions were managing to control the ball well and move up the field, but once the goal was scored, momentum shifted heavily in favor of the Sea Gulls and remained that way for the rest of the contest.

By halftime, the maroon and gold had taken 14 shots and held their opponents to only one. The lone Lions' shot was taken on a free kick with eight seconds to go in the half.

It was more of the same in the second half for the Sea Gulls, who continued to control the ball almost exclusively. The offensive dominance would once again pay off as the team doubled their lead over the Lions (9-4, 2-2 CAC) in the 70th minute. Forward Ruthie Lucas extended her team lead to seven goals when teammate Carly Glassford redirected a header down low. The ball found the foot of Lucas, who again redirected the pass into the net for an easy score.

The Sea Gulls would hold on to win the contest and push their Capital Athletic Conference record to 4-0.  All four victories have been earned by way of shutout performances, accumulating a 360-minute shutout streak in CAC play.

Goalkeeper Hope Knussman needed only three saves to earn another shutout win. Boller has now recorded the game winner in back-to-back contests. There were a total of 33 fouls called on the afternoon while Salisbury led in shots, 27-4 and corner kicks, 6-1.

The team will continue its home stand on Wednesday, October 11 when it hosts CAC opponent Marymount (Va.) University. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

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