By Lucas McCoy
The Salisbury University field hockey team has now won eight games in a row after defeating Christopher Newport University (CNU) 2-1 in their first overtime game of the season. This was the Sea Gulls’ toughest game of the year but they came out victorious, making them 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
“We haven’t gone into overtime this year yet, so this was a lot of new things for us and we held strong,” SU head coach Dawn Chamberlain said. “We have not practiced overtime situations, so there was certain things we needed to do that we did when we were out there. We really just played well until the end.”
Salisbury is now ranked second in the nation, and will be on the road for their last two games of the season before the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament begins. Salisbury’s final regular season home match was the CNU game, which meant a lot for the seniors to go out with a win one last time.
“Our seniors have gone to overtime at least once, maybe twice against CNU,” Chamberlain explained. “They haven’t lost an overtime game against them and they definitely wanted to keep it that way, so they were really working hard out there to make sure they didn’t lose.”
The Sea Gulls got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first half when senior back Annah Brittingham sent in the first goal of the game after hitting the rebound of her own shot.
The Captains got right back into the game after scoring early in the second half, tying the game at 1-1. From then on it was a tough, hard-fought game where the Sea Gull defense stood strong behind goalie Tressie Windsor.
“Every one of us knew that once the goal went in that CNU was going to pick up momentum, so we had to really pick up our game,” Windsor said. “We didn’t want to give them the opportunity to get one up on us.”
The Sea Gulls did not have any experience in dealing with overtime games this year, but they handled the first one very well. As intensity levels of the game rose, Salisbury knew they had to pick up the pace in order to stay undefeated in conference play.
“It took a lot of intensity from our whole team because we are usually not in this type of situation,” Windsor said. “We really had to step it up from our first half, so it just took a lot of effort from everyone.”
The Sea Gulls knew they had to step it up for the overtime period and they did just that.
Sophomore back/midfielder Madison Angulas came off of the bench with a huge performance and her first goal of the season, giving Salisbury the game-winning goal in overtime.
“I really wanted to be ready for that deflection and keep my stick straight on the shot. I don’t really play forward so it was kind of something new for me, but it was exciting to get in there and do something different,” Angulas said.
“We love all our seniors and this team is so close, so it feels amazing that I could do that for them and the whole team. We’re all so happy for this win and we’re excited going forward.”
The Salisbury University field hockey team will remain in first place in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 4-0 record (12-1 overall), and look to continue their streak after eight-straight wins.
The Sea Gulls will be on the road for their next game to face the St. Mary’s Seahawks on Oct. 22 in another important conference match-up.