FROSTBURG, Md. – The fifth-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team advanced past fourth-seeded Frostburg State University on the road, 3-2 in overtime, in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday evening.
Salisbury (7-9-1) wasted no time, giving itself the early lead in the fifth minute of play. Lydia Narum found an open Brooke Rossiter racing down the middle of the field and sent a through ball that landed right in front of Rossiter, who then got enough of her foot on it to redirect the ball into the top left corner of the net.
The Sea Gulls built on their early lead when they doubled up in the 12th minute on a goal by Julianna Boller. This time it was Rossiter getting credit for the assist on a cross to Boller in the center of the box. Boller sent her shot past the goalkeeper for the 2-0 lead.
Frostburg State (5-11-1) wasn't about to take a playoff loss at home lying down, however, as it stormed out in the second half to tied the game up at 2-2 on goals by Audra Curtin in the 53rd minute and Jesse Dunagan in the 59th minute.
The final 30 minutes of regulation went scoreless, sending the match into overtime.
With 1:12 remaining in the overtime period, Rossiter broke away from the defense and sent the game-winning shot past the outstretched reach of Bobcat goalkeeper Rhianna Lapen and into the right side of the net to end Frostburg's season and send her team to the semifinal round.
The Sea Gulls led the Bobcats in shots, 17-6, and corner kicks, 9-3. Salisbury was whistled for 14 fouls on the day, while Frostburg State was called for eight.
With the victory, the team will now travel to face No. 1 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, October 31 in Newport News, Virginia. A start time has not yet been announced.