SALISBURY, Md. – After returning to the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) playoffs in 2018, the Salisbury University women's soccer team is looking forward to building on their success this upcoming season.
Last fall, the Sea Gulls finished with an overall record of 7-10-1 and 3-4 in the CAC.
"Our biggest strength will be our depth – we have worked very hard in the spring and in the offseason," head coach Kwame Lloyd said, "Many of our girls have been seen stepping up and working hard, especially our upper class. Our team was committed to the weight room and I believe the results will show in the regular season."
The upper class leadership combined with the improved dedication in the weight room has Coach Lloyd optimistic about the level of play his team will have this year.
The Sea Gulls start the season with eight non-conference games including a home game against the Bridgewater Eagles, who qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament last season. These non-conference games are then followed by all ten of their conference contests.
The maroon and gold were ranked third in the 2019 CAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll on Wednesday. Salisbury will host CAC favorite Christopher Newport, who received five first-place votes and collected 25 points, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 12.
The Sea Gulls return their top scorer and points leader senior forward Julianna Boller along with leading senior defender Jenna Beck – both of whom were named to the All-CAC First Team last season. Boller finished the 2018 season with seven goals, including three game-winners and 14 points. Beck started in 16 games and helped lead the Sea Gulls to a .098 shooting percentage, third-best in the conference.
Sophomore midfielder/forward Ally Goetz, who was given All-CAC second team honors also returns to the team. Goetz started in 16 games and contributed 30 shots in the 2018 season.
Senior midfielder/forward Lydia Narum and junior midfielder Brooke Rossiter, both of whom were among the top players in points and assists, are also expected to see a significant amount of field time this season. Rossiter had seven points, three assists and two goals last season while Narum had six points, four assists and a goal.
A strong defense for the Sea Gulls will also be shown on the field by returning sophomore goalkeeper Regan Benton, who was named a CAC Defensive Player of the Week last season. During her rookie campaign, Benton started in 13 games and collected 57 saves.
The Sea Gulls will open the season on Friday, August 30 opens the Salisbury University Classic against Methodist University at 4 p.m. at the SU Sea Gull Soccer Complex. Salisbury will wrap up the tournament on Sunday, September 1 at 1 p.m. against the Lehman College Lightning.
To view the CAC preseason poll release, click here