No. 2 Salisbury upset in conference tournament by Wesley's OT goal
SALISBURY, Md. – Wesley defeated No. 2 Salisbury 4-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference Semifinals on Thursday at Sea Gull Stadium. The Wolverines (12-8) one-upped the Sea Gulls 7-6 in the shootout.
With the victory, the Navy & White advanced to their third consecutive CAC Championship Game, where they will take on fifth-ranked Mary Washington on November 3.
In the stroke-off, each team sent a set of five players to go one-on-one with the opposing goalkeeper. In the final set, Madison Leone and Rachel Joyner converted, while only Kristina Fusco was successful for the Sea Gulls. Leone and Fusco were the only players in the shootout to score on all three of their strokes.
Wesley held a two-goal lead, scoring twice in 63 seconds in the first half. Leone put the Wolverines on the board at 22:00 off a penalty corner while Lauren Mears found the back of the cage at 23:03. Salisbury cut the deficit in half with 4:28 left in the first half, but Wesley went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
The first half was evenly matched with both teams taking four shots apiece with Groom and SU goalkeeper Rachel Clewer making one save each.
Salisbury scored a minute and nine seconds into the second half to tie the game, but Wesley responded to retake the lead at 49:14. Danielle Tearl got control of the ball on the Wesley defensive side and dribbled to the box before feeding it to Tristin Burris for the finish.
Once again, the Maroon & Gold tied the game with 12:44 left in regulation and the score remained deadlocked at three to force overtime. Both teams took two shots in the first overtime session, but the highlight of the extra 30 minutes went to Brooke Gannon, who made a big defensive save off a corner with 3:14 left in the second overtime.
Groom finished with six saves for the Wolverines in the cage, while Clewer stopped four shots. Salisbury finished with an 18-12 shot advantage and a 10-8 lead in penalty corners.