SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team opened its season with a victory on Friday afternoon when it defeated visiting Salem College on the first day of the annual Salisbury University Classic, 2-0.
The Sea Gulls came out strong and never let up, dominating their opponent in every aspect of the game. They recorded 11 shots within the first 15 minutes of the game, including five on goal. Sophomore forward Brooke Rossiter took a beauty of a shot from five yards outside of the left corner of the box that sailed over the opposing goalkeeper's head and looked to be on its way down and into the net but scraped the crossbar just enough to stay out.
Salisbury went ahead at the 19-minute mark when junior forward Julianna Boller positioned herself in front of the net following a corner kick by teammate Lydia Narum. An initial shot by Ally Goetz rebounded off of the goalkeeper before Boller nudged it in for the score.
The maroon and gold was then able to double its lead just before halftime when freshman defender Tayah Rendina fed a ball forward and across the box to teammate Julie Venere, who then redirected her shot into the right corner of the net.
The Sea Gulls led the Spirits in shots entering halftime, 19-3.
With the home team taking a more defensive approach in the second half, the Spirits were about to balance the scales, as both teams finished with seven shots and four saves in the final 45 minutes. The score would hold as Salisbury earned the 2-0 victory.
Starting goalkeeper Emma Hill earned her first win of the season as she and freshman goalkeeper Regan Benton combined to earn the shutout. Hill was forced to leave the game with under five minutes to play after colliding hard with one of the Salem players on a sliding save.
The team will return to action for day two of the Salisbury University Classic on Saturday, September 1 as it takes on Wheaton College (Ill.). That game is set to kick off at 1 p.m.