BY DIAMOND HOLTON
The Salisbury University women’s soccer team fell to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2-1, at the SU Soccer Complex Wednesday evening.
This ended the Sea Gulls (8-3, 2-1 CAC) five game win streak and marked the second year in a row they’ve lost to St. Mary’s.
Salisbury was aggressive the entire match holding the majority of the possession to their advantage. Senior Jenna DeLetto got off the first shot of the game but it ended up being too high.
The Seahawks (5-5, 3-0 CAC) managed to get on the board first with an unassisted goal from senior Gillian Sawyer 20-yards out from the left side. Throughout the remainder of the first half, many attempts to have fresh legs were made as St. Mary’s and Salisbury alternated with substitutions.
Both teams at the half had equal amount of shot opportunities with Salisbury having one corner kick less than the Seahawks.
It didn’t take much longer in the second half for Salisbury to get on the board as sophomore Ruthie Lucas came charging off an assist from senior Samantha Beck. Beck crossed from the right side to the middle and Lucas tied up the game five minutes in with one touch into the top of the net.
“We got a pretty nice through ball to one of our girls who took it to the line and I found some space that she played pretty much perfectly to my feet,” Lucas said. “I was just trying to focus on hitting it on target, but it was pretty cool.”
Junior Jenny Gavigan got two shots off attempting to take the lead but both were wide. A foul committed by Salisbury ended up setting up the second goal for the Seahawks.
Senior Jess Konecke dribbled down the left side with the ball shooting from just inside 18-yards with only five minutes remaining in the second half. Her shot curved into the right goal post ricocheting back in for the score and the lead to seal the game.
Lucas, one of coach Kwame Lloyd’s many game changers, was substituted back in to the game attempting to make a play right before the end, but her shot was wide right.
Lloyd knew that his team could control the ball and get the ball into the flanks. He felt his team played their style and created opportunities but didn’t utilize them.
“I think our backline for the most part on possessing the ball did a good job and I think we neutralized their threat in No. 24,” Lloyd said. “You limit them to two quality shots a game and they put them on. I would take those odds any day with the way my goalkeepers have been playing limiting them to two quality shots to the amount of opportunities we had. I think we had the opportunities, but just didn’t capitalize.”
For the Sea Gulls’ next game away at Frostburg State, Lucas felt the Bobcats are going to be out for blood against them. She knows her and her team need to go out really hard.
“I guess the game plan is to be aggressive and keep possession along with finishing our chances,” she said. “That’s something that we talked about after this game that we could work on a little bit better just making the chances that we get count. We’ve been getting a lot but that’s something we’ll be definitely working on.”
The last time these two teams faced each other senior forward Victoria Luc notched her second game-winning goal in a row in the 87th minute to steal the 1-0 win. Their away game at Frostburg is set for 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.