NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The fifth-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team had its Capital Athletic Conference tournament journey come to and end in a 2-0 loss to top-seeded Christopher Newport University in the semifinal round on Wednesday evening.
The Sea Gulls (7-10-1) were strong defensively to start the game, holding the league's top-scoring offense to only four shots—two on goal—over the first 15 minutes. Despite struggling to find good looks initially, the Captains (16-1-0) controlled possession and kept the ball in their offensive zone.
Christopher Newport broke through in the 20th minute to score its first goal of the game. Following a breakdown on defense by the Sea Gulls that resulted in a turnover just outside the box, Maddie Cochran gained possession of the ball before finding teammate Riley Cook dashing into the left side of the box. The pass connected, and Cook delivered her shot past Salisbury goalkeeper Regan Benton and inside the far post for the 1-0 lead.
The Captains struck again in the 34th minute when Kristina Toms received a pass from the right by teammate Hailey Price. Toms controlled the ball from down low inside the box before delivering a hard shot into the right side of the net.
Down two to begin the second half, the Sea Gulls came out with an extra offensive spark, forcing the ball forward and into the offensive zone regularly for the first 25 minutes. Shots by Cristina Narron and Carly Glassford put pressure on the Captains, but Glassford's shots wound up being blocked by a defender and Narron's was kept out of the net with a strong save by Captains goalkeeper Haley Eiser.
The Captains put the game out of reach in the 73rd minute on Cook's second goal of the match. Cook received a pass through the middle of the field from Gabby Gillis before taking an open shot from the top of the box into the left side of the net.
In the end, the Captains outshot the Sea Gulls, 28-7, and were awarded 14 corner kicks to the Sea Gulls' four.