GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior standout Ellie Montes finished with four shots, including one shot on goal, but it was Guilford's defense that kept Salem in check as the Quakers opened their season with a 3-0 win at Herb Appenzeller Field on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The Spirits (1-1) tallied seven shots, highlighted by the four from Montes, along with one each from Kim Sephaphathi, Rachel Black and Kylie Clark. All seven shots for Salem came in the second half, while Guilford had six in the first frame and 11 in the second.
The Quakers (1-0) combo of Brianna Garcia and Morgan Malikowski spent 45 minutes in goal, with Garcia earning the victory. Malikowski made both saves, while Salem's Jordan Tomberlin (1-1) took the loss despite making six saves.
A spirited contest throughout, Salem tallied 12 fouls and Guilford was responsible for 15. The two teams combined for five yellow cards, three issued to Salem and two on Guilford, in the match.
Guilford netted the first goal of the match at the 3:33 mark of the first half when Karol Jaimes drove home a pass from McKaley Boston after a turnover by the Spirits' defense.
The Quakers stretched their lead to 2-0 at the 75:02 mark of the second half following a strike by Amber Hurst. The final goal of the contest came at 89:06 after Sydney Moss found an open Sarah Hall for the third Guilford score.
The Spirits return to action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they head to Lookout Mountain, Ga., to face USA South foe Covenant at 1 p.m. For more information on Salem soccer check out www.salemspirits.com.