PREVIEW: No. 1 Women's Soccer welcomes York in CAC Semifinals

PREVIEW: No. 1 Women's Soccer welcomes York in CAC Semifinals

SALISBURY, Md.- The top-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team will host York to take on the fourth-seeded Spartans in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Semifinals on Wednesday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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CAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HOMEPAGE

HOW WE GOT HERE

  • The Sea Gulls ended the regular season with a record of 13-2-3 overall and 9-0-1 in the CAC.
  • Salisbury earned regional rankings by both the NCAA and the United Soccer Coaches (USC).
  • The Sea Gulls finished their final in-season game with its 12th shutout of the season while extending their unbeaten streak of 14 consecutive games.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • During the regular season, the Spartans went 8-12 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
  • York moves onto the semifinals after ending their meeting with #5 St. Mary's by a 3-0 decision in the quarterfinals. 
  • Prior to the semifinals, the Spartans have won three out of the last five games.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

  • Natalie McCarthy has collected 20 points this season for the Spartans, including eight goals and four assists.
  • Goalkeeper Jillian Kozak has played 900 minutes in net, racking up a .722 save percentage and collecting two shutouts. 
  • Playing against the St. Mary's Seahawks in the quarterfinals, York notched three goals in the shutout. The first half saw an unassisted goal by Joanna Gorrell and two goals in the second half by Natalie McCarthyRyan Hussey collected the lone assist for the Seahawks after hit a long ball over the top that got away from a St. Mary's defender. 

LAST TIME WE MET

  • The Spartans and Sea Gulls saw each other not too long ago at York on October 16. Salisbury claimed the 1-0 victory over York to earn the season sweep after a 4-0 win at home just a week prior. 
  • In the Oct. 9 meeting, Lydia Narum scored half of Salisbury's four goals, including one scored from 40-yards out and over the keeper's head.
  • In the Oct. 16 matchup, rookie Kasey Lamb was able to score the lone goal of the contest after a pass from the wing was deflected off a York player and Lamb one-timed the loose ball.

THE 2019 SEA GULLS

The Forwards

  • Both starting and playing in all 18 games this season, Lydia Narum and Julianna Boller have both shined on the frontline this season. Narum leads the squad with eight goals, including two game-winners, while collecting an assist. Boller, who paced the team with seven assists, has collected five goals including a game-winner so far this season.
  • Ally Goetz who has played in 17 games this season, has notched four goals and two assists. Three of Goetz' four goals have been game-winners. Autumn Dougherty has also tallied two assists with five goals this season, including the game-winner in overtime against Mary Washington on Oct. 23.

The Defenders

  • Jenna Beck has played in 17 games this season and although being a defender, Beck has collected five goals, including two game-winners.
  • Alongside Beck, integral defenders for the Sea Gulls have been both Juliana Looney and Kayla Homeyer who have both played in all 18 games this season and have shown their importance on the backline by making things easier for goalkeeper Emma Hill
  • Cristina Narron and Mallory Pasco both have been contributing defenders to the backline and also on offense. Both Narron and Pasco have registered an assist this season.

The Midfielders

  • Playing in all 18 games, Brooke Rossiter has dominated the midfield this season. Not only is Rossiter second on the team with seven goals - including two game-winners, she has also dished out three assists. Rossiter has taken advantage of all three of her penalty kicks, scoring on each of her three chances.
  • Kasey Lamb has shown her assets in the midfield by handing out six assists this season for the Sea Gulls. Lamb also scored the game-winning goal against the Spartans on Oct. 16. 
  • Despite coming back from an injury, Dana Gordon has shown no signs of slowing down this season and has played in all 18 games. Gordon has collected three goals in 2019, including two at St. Mary's on Oct. 5, and picked up a pair of assists this season. 
  • Kara Schmidt and Liliana Caceres have also made impacts from the midfield this season. Schmidt totaled three assists for the Sea Gulls while Caceres notched a game-winner for Salisbury against Southern Virginia on Sept. 28.  

The Goalies

  • Starting in every game this season, Emma Hill has played 1605:10 minutes in net for the Sea Gulls and has tallied eight clean sheets this season. Hill has saved 54 shots for Salisbury collecting a .871 save percentage in season and a .906 save percentage in conference play. With 76 career saves, Hill is tied at seventh place for Salisbury's all-time career saves list. 
  • Regan Benton has come into relief for Hill three times during conference games this season, playing 79:33 minutes for the Sea Gulls. Benton has saved four shots for Salisbury including saving the only shot that came the Sea Gulls way while playing Southern Virginia on Oct. 26.   

The Honor Roll

  • The Sea Gulls earned seven CAC Player of the Week awards this season and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Month award.
  • Emma Hill collected four CAC Player of the Week awards on Sept. 3, Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and Oct. 28. Hill also earned the ECAC Player of the Month award for September.
  • Dakota CampbellLydia Narum and Jenna Beck also received CAC Player of the Week honors. Campbell was named CAC Player of the Week on Sept. 3 while Narum and Beck helped Salisbury sweep the conference weekly award on Oct. 14.

UP NEXT

The winner of Wednesday's match will move onto the CAC Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9 to take on the winner of the other semifinal contest between Christopher Newport vs. Mary Washington. The time of the game will be determined following Wednesday's games.

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