Spartans and Blue Jays Battle to Scoreless Tie
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – The York College women's soccer squad battled the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays to a scoreless draw in non-conference action on Wednesday evening in Elizabethtown, PA. The Spartans are now 0-2-1, while the Blue Jays stand at 2-0-1 for the 2010 campaign.
The play was even a majority of the evening as both teams managed three first half shots with one of those attempts coming on target. The Blue Jays did hold a 5-0 bulge in corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
The Spartans held a slight 7-6 edge in second half shots and a 4-3 margin in shots on goal. York also had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks in the period. There was some drama in the 79th minute as there was a pair of red cards, leaving the two teams to play 10-on-10 the remainder of the game.
The Blue Jays got the first scoring chance in the opening overtime period as Laura Wingert attempted a shot that was saved by Spartan keeper Sarah Spanarkel. The Spartans responded with a Stephanie Mergler header that was turned back by Blue Jay goalie Jess Manchak in the 94th minute of play.
The Spartans got back-to-back shots in the 106th minute as Mergler and Carly Bock each had an attempt. Mergler's shot was saved while Bock's shot was not on target. Spanarkel preserved the clean sheet and the tie in the 107th minute as she saved a Kelsey Boehmer shot.
Spanarkel registered six saves in her first shutout of the year. Manchak recorded seven stops in her shutout.
The Spartans outshot the Blue Jays 13-11 while Elizabethtown held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
York makes their 2010 home debut on Saturday afternoon when they host Stevenson University in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both squads. Kick off is slated for 12:00 pm.
Sarah Spanarkel photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com