SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team began Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon as it hosted Frostburg State University at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium. The Bobcats came away with the win over the Sea Gulls, 2-1.
Frostburg State (3-6-0, 1-0-0 CAC) didn't wait long to grab the lead, scoring its first goal of the contest just over two minutes into the game. Following a Salisbury (3-6-1, 0-1-0 CAC) foul, Frostburg's Gwen Shemm delivered her free kick towards the net where it found the head of teammate Danielle Ferris for a redirect and opening tally.
The Sea Gulls had a number of good looks in the first half but were unable to convert on any of the opportunities. Frostburg goalkeeper Rhianna Lapen made two outstanding saves in particular to keep the home team out of the goal column. Ally Goetz delivered a shot in the 18th minute from outside the top of the box that lined straight below the crossbar, but Lapen leapt up to tip the ball out of play and make the save. It was Lapen again in the 33rd minute making a diving save on a redirected shot right in front of the goal line by Julianna Boller that looked certain to find the back of the net.
Following halftime, the Bobcats doubled their lead in the 50th minute by converting their first corner kick opportunity of the game. Brooke Shehade crossed the corner down low in front of the net and again it was Danielle Ferris on the receiving end, picking up a rebound and redirecting it back into the net for the score.
The Sea Gulls cut the lead in half on a free kick in the 75th minute. Lydia Narum sent the ball over everyone's head and high towards the net where it was blocked and sent back out in to play left of the net. Juliana Looney was in perfect position to pick up the deflection and deliver her first tally of the season.
The Bobcats were able to hold on to their lead for the final 15 minutes to earn the victory despite being outshot in the contest, 25-8. The Sea Gulls led in corner kick opportunities, 9-2, while Frostburg was charged with 10 fouls to Salisbury's seven.
The team will take the week off before traveling to take on Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday, October 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.