FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The fourth-seeded Salisbury University women's soccer team will be the hosts of the three-day 2021 Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Championship Tournament. The Sea Gulls will take on the fifth-seeded Finlandia Lions in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the SU Soccer Complex.
HOW WE GOT HERE
- Salisbury heads into Thursday's match with a 5-10-2 overall record and 0-4 conference record.
- The Sea Gulls got off to a 3-2 start to the 2021 season, including a thrilling overtime win over Shenandoah and a 5-0 rout of Marymount at the Seahawk Classic in St. Mary's, Md.
- After defeating undefeated DeSales on Sept. 29, the Sea Gulls faltered a bit going on a four-game scoreless streak before getting back into the win column with a 1-0 shutout victory over Hood on Oct. 13.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- Finlandia heads into the weekend with a 7-9-1 overall record.
- The Lions started off to a solid 3-2-1 start before going on a four-game losing skid. Since then, Finlandia has won four of their last six games, outscoring opponents 10-5 in that span.
THE 2021 SEA GULLS
- Junior forward Autumn Dougherty paced the Sea Gull offense with 14 points by way of six goals and two assists. Two of her goals were also game-winners.
- Senior midfielder Ally Goetz has been a steady force in the midfield all season. Goetz is one of only two players to have started all 17 games for the Sea Gulls. She has also tallied two goals this season.
- Freshman forwards Zakiyyah McMillan and Samantha Spears have stepped up in their first collegiate seasons. McMillan has tallied seven points on three goals and an assist. Spears has scored twice including a clutch game-winner late in a 1-0 victory over Hood.
- Salisbury's backline is highlighted by senior Maddie Carr and sophomore Lauren Spelman. Carr is the other Sea Gull that has started in all 17 games this season.
- Senior goalkeeper Emma Hill has been solid in the net logging over 1,300 minutes, recording 68 saves, a 1.85 goals-against average and two shutouts this season. Hill's 146 career saves put her at fourth all-time in program history.
- The winner of Thursday's match will take on the top-seeded Christopher Newport Captains in the C2C Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 184 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
To learn more about the tradition of excellence with Sea Gull Athletics, visit www.SUSeaGulls.com or on social media @SUSeaGulls.