Updated: Nov 8
Salisbury University is hosting the 2021 Coast-to-Coast women’s soccer championship tournament this weekend at the university’s sea gull soccer complex.
The tournament is taking place Nov. 4, 5 and 6.
Six teams qualified for the C2C tournament. In order of seeding, the teams are: Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, University of California – Santa Cruz, Salisbury, Finlandia University and Mills College.
It's been a season of ups and downs for the Sea Gulls, who carried a record of 5-10-2 during the regular season.
This is the worst regular season winning percentage the Gulls have had since Kwame Lloyd took over the head coaching job back in 2013.
Down the stretch, Salisbury was especially struggling to put things together on the field, as the Sea Gulls dropped five of their six final regular season matches.
Despite the team’s struggles, several Gulls have managed to reel in notable conference awards.
Senior defender Tayah Rendina was named the C2C scholar-athlete of the year, while senior midfielder Ally Goetz and junior forward Autumn Dougherty were named All-C2C first team. Sophomore defender Lauren Spelman and senior goalkeeper Emma Hill were named All-C2C second team.
With conference tournament play arriving, Salisbury looked to turn things around and find their rhythm as a unit.
A sense of urgency must have struck the Sea Gulls.
In the opening match of the tournament on Thursday, the Gulls rolled through Finlandia University, as they fought their way to a 4-0 victory.
Scoring for the Gulls were Mallory Pasco with two goals and Spelman with one of her own.
Meanwhile Hill pitched a shutout in goal for Salisbury.
This five-goal win was the second-largest margin of victory for the Sea Gulls this season.
Up next for the Gulls, they get set to take on the Captains of Christopher Newport University today at 11 a.m. Eastern.
Salisbury will look to reverse its fortune against the conference rival, as the team has struggled this season against the Captains, recording two October losses by scores of 3-0 and 7-1 respectively.
Coverage for the entire tournament can be found at www.suseagulls.com or www.c2csports.com .
By: TOMMY WEST