MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team traveled north to face Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (4-6-1, 1-1 CAC) and Lions (5-7-1, 0-2 CAC) kept the ball at midfield for much of the first 15 minutes as both teams shared control of the ball. Salisbury's best chance came on a shot by Kara Schmidt from the right side of the box from 10 feet out in the eighth minute, but Harrisburg's goalkeeper was in the right position to make a routine save.
Schmidt found another opportunity in the 20th minute—this time from the center of the box—with an open look that found some air, but the Lions goalkeeper made another good save to keep the score at zero.
With only five seconds remaining before halftime, Julianna Boller broke past the defense and took an open look, putting the ball past the goalkeeper and into the far side of the net for her third goal of the season.
Boller struck again after halftime in the 58th minute. A shot from the right side by teammate Brooke Rossiter scraped the near post and rebounded back in to play. Boller picked up the loose ball in front of the net and deflected it inside the left post.
Harrisburg goalkeeper Kayla Arnold made a great save two minutes later when Rossiter received a low cross for a near side shot, but Arnold followed the ball and made the diving catch to hold the Sea Gull lead at two.
The Lions found a few chances late in the game to cut into their deficit but were unable to capitalize as the Sea Gulls held on for the 2-0 victory.
Starting goalkeeper Regan Benton (3-2-1) earned the shutout victory without having to make a save as the Lions were unable to put a shot on net during the contest.
The team will next travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday, October 10 to take on the Seahawks. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.