SALISBURY, Md. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team jumped back into the win column as it shut out Salisbury University, 2-0, Tuesday evening on the road. With the win, the Marlins move to 2-1 on the season while the Seagulls go to 1-2.
It was a slow start to the game, but the Marlins were able to strike first, putting one in the goal in the 32nd minute. Reina Araujo drove the ball down towards the corner flag and served up a ball to the far corner of the six-yard box. Mia Meinhardt received it with her foot and tucked it past the keeper to give the Marlins the 1-0 lead.
Later that half, Virginia Wesleyan doubled its lead with a goal from Carleigh Van Reenen. Alexandra FItz played a beautiful through ball that caught Van Reenen in stride. With just the keeper to beat, the freshman chipped it towards the net. A Salisbury defender slid to keep the ball out of the net, but Van Reenen was there to collect it again and dump it into the open net.
That was all that was needed as solid defense kept any Seagull chances off the board. Tristen Roberts earned her second shut out of the season, stopping all five shots on goal.
Women's soccer returns to the pitch at 7 p.m. on Friday as the team squares off against nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins University at Christopher Newport University.