By Maegan White
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College Women’s soccer team lost in a hard fought match against rival school Salisbury University, resulting in their first loss for the season.
The Shorewomen came out on top first. At the 37 minute mark, senior forward Lauren Maynor was fouled by a Salisbury defender in the penalty box. Junior midfielder Ellen Daly took the penalty kick which went through the hands of the Salisbury goalkeeper giving the Shorewomen a 1-0 lead going into the half.
At the 47 minute mark, Salisbury tied the game when they scored at the top of the box. The Seagulls took the lead at the 51 minute mark when a goal shot from the top of the 18 bounced off the left goal post into the net. Salisbury increased their lead at the 75 minute mark off a free kick outside of the box.
Despite the Shorewomen out shooting Salisbury 8-6, they were unable to capitalize on many of their attempts on goal.Two strong a shots on goal were taken by senior defender Rachel Chatfield and freshman midfielder Maddy Gaydon at the 60 and 72 minute mark respectively but, the Salisbury goalkeeper stopped their advance. Of the four shots on goal from Salisbury, the Shorewomen were only able to save one compared to their competitor who saved five.
“We played really well tonight. We had a bad stretch for about 15 minutes where we lost our composure and we made it a little too easy for them… We just conceded goals during our bad stretches and missed chances on the other end when we were able to open them up,” Coach Tom Reilly said.
Daly scored the only WC goal of the game. “I think this game was hard and it was our hardest non-conference game so far. This is what we need going into [Franklin and Marshall College] and conference play because we know they are good and we want to come out and show them that we are better,” Daly said.
The Shorewomen went tied their Centennial Conference opener against number 25 ranked Franklin and Marshall (0-0).
This was the first game of the season where the Shorewomen were outshot by their competitors 21-7.
However, freshman goal keeper Hailey Sharpe had a total of 8 saves in the game against Franklin and Marshall, securing a draw for the Shorewomen.
Although a draw was not the most favorable outcome for the Shorewomen’s opening conference game, it does show some strength in their ability to hold off a nationally ranked team.
Photo courtesy of Grace Hazlehurst
Photo Caption: Senior midfielder Lauren Maynor taking a corner kick. Maynor has four shots on goal this season, one of which was a game-winning goal.