By Lucas McCoy
The Salisbury University women’s soccer team took on St. Mary’s College of Maryland in a tough matchup on Wednesday afternoon. The Sea Gulls were taken down 2-0 in a very close conference game. The women’s soccer team now falls to 2-5-3 overall and 1-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
Throughout the entire game the Sea Gulls seemed to be in total control of keeping the game at their pace and time of possession. However, even with quality shots on goal the issue seemed to just be finishing plays.
Even though the Seahawks scored twice, junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman played outstanding in Wednesday’s tough loss. Knussman notched 8 total saves throughout the entire game and made many key plays to set her team up for the win the best she possibly could.
“Hope has kept us in a lot of our games, and I think it could have been a lot more to nothing [for us],” junior forward Alex Pryor explained after the game.
“We’re all really proud of her for stepping up, and she kind of got thrown in here last second, but she stepped up big today. Now we are just hoping we can score some so we can help her out,” she continued.
The Sea Gulls were fighting behind in this one as St. Mary’s (6-4, 3-0) managed to tack in their first goal in the 3rd minute of the game. Even though they were down from the start, Salisbury kept fighting the entire time and showed a true sense of both urgency and resiliency.
“We started out our season kind of slow, and Coach [Kwame Lloyd] got on our tails this past Sunday saying we need to pick it up and trust each other when we play,” Pryor said. “I think this is the first game where we actually had each other’s backs and fought until the last second of the game.”
“I think it is one of the best game’s we’ve played all season despite us losing, and hopefully it can go up from here.”
Junior midfielder Jamie Tacka had a very strong performance against the Seahawks and played aggressively from start to finish. Tacka was a dominant force in her midfield unit and was inches away from scoring the game’s first goal just seconds before the Seahawks managed to put one in during the 3rd minute of play.
“I thought we honestly dominated the whole entire game, we just couldn’t seem to finish,” Tacka explained. “We definitely won the majority of the 50-50 balls, it is just upsetting that we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
After starting conference play with a win, the Sea Gulls have now fallen to 1-2 in the CAC. Even after a difficult afternoon against St. Mary’s, there was a lot of positive aspects Salisbury can take away from this game and build on for the future.
“I thought we definitely played a lot better than we did last game,” Tacka said. “We did some good things, but we really need to work on finishing and being more aggressive in the final third of the game.”
The Salisbury University women’s soccer team is now looking to pick up their second conference win to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday on the road against Penn State – Harrisburg.