BY DIAMOND HOLTON
The No. 4 Salisbury University women’s soccer team defeated Wesley College, 2-0, in their final regular season game at SU Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (12-4-1, 6-2-1 CAC) maintained sole possession throughout the conference matchup limiting Wesley (5-10-2, 2-7 CAC) to just two shots, 10 overall, in the first half. Although Salisbury had outshot their opponent with 17 shots in the first half and 30 overall, none seemed to fall through for them, which as head coach Kwame Lloyd said was frustrating.
“Second half was a little bit better far as putting the ball on the frame which in the first half we weren’t, so it was a little frustrating in the first half to see the lack of urgency and discipline of putting the ball on frame to let the goalie make a save,” Lloyd said. “We did outshoot them 17-2 in the first half, but we didn’t have a goal in the frame which led to the result in the second half.”
The majority of Salisbury’s shots came from senior Victoria Luc, who had seven with three on goal followed by seniors Samantha Beck and Tabitha Brown with four shots. Luc came close to scoring in the first half right before halftime, but her shot soared hitting the crossbar.
The shots were still coming for the Sea Gulls in the second half starting with a header shot from a corner from senior Christine Clark that was wide right followed by another header by senior Lauren Minghenelli that was also wide. Clark attempted again with another header from a corner kick from sophomore Ruthie Lucas, but it was wide right as well.
A foul committed by the Wolverines gave the Sea Gulls a free kick that sophomore Hope Knussman took. As the ball was deflected into the box, senior Heather Deamond settled the ball in and scored making it her first goal of the season.
“There was a cross coming in and I believe it was Logan who took a shot and it deflected and I was there by chance,” Deamond said. “Coach always tells us to follow up and I was able to stay composed and put the ball in the net.”
Deamond even added an assist to her stats sending the ball 30 yards in from the right side to junior Lindsey Andonian for the goal inside the box. That gives her three goals for the season.
Wesley attempted more shots in the second half with eight even obtaining two corners, but saves from Knussman ended their hopes of coming back into the game. Some minor frustration was shown on the Wolverines end by junior Breonna Day who received a yellow card for tripping up sophomore Rachel Anderson.
Salisbury will host a first-round CAC Tournament matchup on Saturday against fifth-seeded University of Mary Washington at 4 p.m. Lloyd knows his team is ready and playing really well.
“It’s just getting players in the next two days to recover a little bit and match the intensity in the first 15 to 20 minutes and let the game settle down,” he said. “I think once the game settles down, we’ll be fine.”
The Sea Gulls recently trumped the Eagles, 3-1, on Oct. 24 with three different players scoring a goal. The duel of the birds will begin at 4 p.m.