For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – A pair of second-half goals less than four minutes apart helped the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's soccer team clinch one of the four spots in the semifinals of the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship Tournament. Fourth-seeded St. Mary's knocked out fifth-seeded University of Mary Washington, 3-0, Saturday afternoon behind a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Kat Golladay (Silver Spring, Md./Blair).
Today's win not only advanced the Seahawks to next Wednesday's semifinal matchup at No. 1 seed Christopher Newport University but also avenged the team's 2-0 regular-season loss at Mary Washington on October 18.
St. Mary's 3, Mary Washington 0
How It Happened
- St. Mary's opened up the scoring early as first-year Emmey German (Lutherville, Md./Towson) found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season at 7:44. Golladay sent in a cross from the left and German received it at the far post.
- The rest of the first half was a possession game with limited scoring opportunities for both sides, although the Seahawks gained a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.
- The back-and-forth battle in the midfield continued in the second half until St. Mary's broke through in the 80th minute when Golladay netted her first career goal after putting away a loose ball in the box.
- St. Mary's locked up the win at 83:27 when junior forward Jenna Pastel (Silver Spring, Md./Einstein) sent a through ball to first-year forward Haley Bullis (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) who then chipped it in over the head of Haley Randall.
For the Seahawks (6-8-4)
- Scorers: Golladay (1 goal, 1 assist); German (1 goal); Bullis (1 goal); Pastel (1 assist)
- Goalkeeper: Sydney Larkin (2 saves, 0 goals allowed, 90:00)
- St. Mary's tallied 11 shots (eight on goal) and finished with the five corners in first half.
For Mary Washington (8-10-1)
- Scorer: None
- Goalkeeper: Randall (5 saves, 3 goals allowed, 90:00)
- The Eagles' season comes to an end as UMW notched seven shots (two on goal) and no corners.
- St. Mary's will be making its third consecutive appearance in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament. Overall, the Seahawks have made the semifinals 17 times and advanced to the championship game three times. St. Mary's won it all in 2008.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Nov. 1 at No. 8 Christopher Newport (16-0-1) – Newport News, Va. – CAC Tournament Semifinals – 7:00 p.m.
- CNU is 7-2 all-time against the Seahawks, including a 2-0 win this season in Newport News on October 11.
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