SALISBURY, Md. — Senior forward Corinne Freeman scored on a tip from senior forward Alyssa Thren 4:58 into the first overtime as Urinsus (19-3) defeated No. 2 Salisbury (18-2), 1-0 to advance to its fourth consecutive NCAA semifinal.
“Going into this game, the girls knew that we would have to great defensive performance,” Ursinus head coach Janelle Benner said. “They were ready for a battle in the backfield and they stepped up to the plate.”
Salisbury outshot the Bears 27-3 and out cornered the Bears 20-5. Ursinus had just one shot in the first 70 minutes, when junior midfielder Julie Pilla shot went wide left.
The play of the defensive unit, and of senior goalkeeper Jill Lukens kept the Bears alive. Lukens had ten saves. In addition to Lukens’ ten stops, sophomore back Katie McEwen and freshman back Rachel Evans each had defensive stops.
McEwen’s stop came during a critical stretch in the 49th minute, when Salisbury had three consecutive corners.
In the overtime session, the teams went to a 7-on-7 format. The extra space allowed Ursinus to get a shot off quickly as Thren put up a shot at 70:56, which was saved by Salisbury goalkeeper Anna Cooke.
After Evans had her defensive save at 71:04, Ursinus had a penalty corner but did not get a shot off.
Following a Salisbury shot, Ursinus drove down the field. Thren fired a shot on the breakaway, which went past Cooke and onto the stick of Freeman who put it in the bottom left corner of the cage.
Ursinus won its second consecutive game on the road in the NCAA tournament, and held Salisbury scoreless for the first time all season.