BALTIMORE, Md. – Sawyer Ferguson's (Billings, Mont.) natural hat-trick in the first half led top-seeded Salem over eight-seed Pine Manor as they won by a score of 8-0 in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) quarterfinal held on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University on Sunday morning.
The Gators finish off their 2014 campaign with a 1-12 record and Salem improves to 16-4 on the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) made double-digit saves for ninth time this year stopping 13 of the Spirits 22 shots-on-goal.
Ferguson got the scoring started in 4' as she picked up a loose ball that was played into the penalty area by first-year Sydney Priest (Frisco, Texas). Vaughan came off her line to try and collect it, but Ferguson won the race and put away the go-ahead goal.
The senior captain would also record the next two tallies, both off of through balls from first-year forward Tarryn Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.).
The Spirits would add their fourth score in the 20'. After winning a free kick, Salem sophomore Morgan Canepa (Elko, Nev.) sent a beautifully played ball to the far post where senior captain Taylor Norman (Fairfax, Va.) was waiting to head it home.
Salem would get two more goals before the break. Junior Summer Rich (Morehead City, N.C) finished a cross from first-year forward Brooke Bukas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in the 27' to put the reigning GSAC champions up five. Then, in the 35', Kylie Dillow (Asheville, N.C.) hit a well struck ball from 45 yards out that beat Vaughan and gave the first-year midfielder her first collegiate goal.
The tournament top-seed would get two more goals in the second-half. One from Kaci McDaniel (Gastonia, N.C.) and one from Grace Young (West Brunswick, N.C.). Young's goal was the first of her collegiate career.
Salem will return home to Winston-Salem, N.C. next weekend to host the remainder of the GSAC Championship Tournament. They will play the winner of the University of Maine-Presque Isle-Mills matchup in a conference semifinal at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.