Cumberland Times-News

November 4, 2013

Salisbury ends FSU’s year on penalty kicks

Sea Gulls beat Bobcats 4-3 after 1-1 tie, reach NCAA tournament

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— SALISBURY — After regulation and a pair of overtimes, a Capital Athletic Conference Tournament first-round matchup that featured Frostburg State and Salisbury needed penalty kicks to decide which team would advance to the semifinals. However, it was FSU that had its season come to an end with a 4-3 setback in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.

Last season, the Bobcats (8-7-3) captured the CAC Tournament Championship with a 4-3 advantage during a shootout that handed FSU the league championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament.

However, this season the roles were reversed as Salisbury (10-5-4) settled the 1-1 draw with a 4-3 edge in the shootout to advance to the tournament semifinals.

“I’m very proud of how our team battled today against a very athletic team,” said Bobcat head coach Brian Parker. “We earned the opportunities we needed to win but it just wasn’t to be. Our seniors showed terrific leadership today and throughout an up-and-down season and for them I wish we had done more in the postseason.”

Both teams scored in the second half to send the contest into overtime. Samantha Beck scored in the 53rd minute for a 1-0 lead for the hosts, but sophomore Brooke Longo answered exactly six minutes later when she scored on a penalty kick.

There was plenty of offense in both the first and second half despite the 1-1 tie after regulation. Each team attempted eight shots in the first stanza and the host Sea Gulls held a 16-9 edge in the second. Salisbury also held a slim 6-5 lead in shots in the two overtimes.

The goalkeepers also played vital roles in the third draw between the two teams in the last three meetings. Bobcat starter Katie Smith totaled eight saves, while the Sea Gulls’ Michelle Conrad made six saves while playing the first half, both overtimes and the shootout.

In penalty kicks, both teams made their first two attempts before matching misses that went wide of the net. Each team followed with a score before heading to the fifth round. Both teams missed their fifth attempt and Christine Clark converted Salisbury’s sixth attempt to advance the Sea Gulls. Conrad made a diving save on Frostburg’s sixth and final attempt to end the game.