Photos by BRENDAN LINK
Writing by NICK LEWIS
On Saturday, the Salisbury University women’s soccer team (3-6-1, 0-1 CAC) opened CAC-play against the Frostburg State University Bobcats (3-6). The Sea Gulls fell to the visiting Bobcats, 2-1.
While Salisbury dominated the game offensively, Frostburg jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute of the match. FSU junior midfielder Gwen Schemm sent a free kick into the box to senior forward Danielle Ferris who headed the ball in, giving the Bobcats the early lead.
The Sea Gulls held the possession for a majority of the first half and had multiple chances to tie the game but could not connect on any of them.
Frostburg goalkeeper Rhianna Lapen had two excellent saves, one coming on a shot from SU freshman midfielder Ally Goetz just outside the box. The other shot came while Lapen was protecting a redirected shot from SU forward Julianna Boller. Lapen tallied four total saves in the first half.
Going into the break, the Sea Gulls registered a commanding 12 shots and seven corners with no goals to show for it.
As they did to open the game, the Bobcats came out firing in the second period as well. They quickly added their second goal of the match, making the most of their first corner kick opportunity of the game. FSU junior forward Brooke Shehade sent the ball into the box and again it was Ferris who capitalized on the opportunity, recovering the ball amidst the congestion and sending it into the goal.
The Sea Gulls finally broke through in the 75th minute. A Lydia Narum free kick was sent high into the air. After an initial Lapen save, the ball was sent back into the field of play where Juliana Looney was waiting to record her first goal of the season.
Despite the Sea Gull offense dominating time of possession, total shots and corner kicks, the Bobcats held on to secure their first Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) victory of the season. The Sea Gulls outshot the Bobcats 25-8 and secured nine corner kick opportunities compared to Frostburg’s two.
Salisbury will have the week to rest and recover. Their next match comes against CAC-opponent Penn State-Harrisburg on Saturday, October 6.
Staff photographer Brendan Link provided the following photo gallery from the match.