Third-Seeded St. Mary's Women's Soccer Advances to CAC Semifinals

Tori Eskay celebrating after a goal
Tori Eskay celebrating after a goal

Box Score

St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore forward Tori Eskay (Damascus, Md./Urbana) scored twice, including the game-winner, in leading the third-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over No. 6 seed University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference first round action Saturday afternoon.

St. Mary's (6-7-3) will now face second-seeded Frostburg State University in the CAC semifinals on Tuesday, November 2 in Frostburg.  Game time to be announced later.  Tuesday's other semifinal match will feature top-seeded Stevenson University hosting No. 5 seed Salisbury University, who upset fourth-seeded York (Pa.) College by a 1-0 count in first round play today.

Sophomore midfielder Jaci Auletto (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) gave the Seahawks the early 1-0 lead, picking up her first goal of the season just 1:38 into the start of the contest.  Eskay sent in a cross that ricocheted off an Eagle defender and Auletto corralled it for the score.

Mary Washington (8-6-3) evened up the playing field 13 minutes later as senior forward Chrissy Reardon (Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee) put in a loose ball bouncing around in the box after first-year goalkeeper Kelsey Wirtz (Parkton, Md./Hereford) had knocked down a cross.

The teams headed into intermission with a 1-1 deadlock.

Sophomore forward Kim LaBarge (Gambrills, Md./South River) set up Eskay's first goal of the afternoon  as LaBarge sent in a long pass from right to left and Eskay dribbled across the top of the box before finding the back of the net at 54:18.

Eskay one-timed first-year defender Katherine Schaffer's (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) 50-yard pass, chipping the ball over junior keeper Tina Brehm (Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee) for a two-goal cushion with 8:46 remaining in the contest.

The Seahawks finished with a 17-10 shot advantage as well as edging the visitors 8-6 in corner kicks.

Wirtz came up with four stops while Brehm closed out the afternoon with six saves.

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