#1 Falcons Fly Past Spartans

#1 Falcons Fly Past Spartans

YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to top-ranked Messiah College in non-conference action at Graham Field on an overcast Tuesday. The Falcons, who have outscored their opponents 42-1 this season, improve to 9-0 while the Spartans fall to 3-6-1 for the campaign.

The Spartans found themselves fending off the attacking Falcons early in the contest. However, York turned the tide, if just for a little bit, as senior Stephanie Mergler fired off York's best scoring chance of the game. Mergler collected a loose ball about 10 yards outside the Falcon box and unleashed a high arcing shot that appeared to be ticketed for the top part of the Messiah cage. Unfortunately for York, the wind lifted the ball over the top bar and cascaded down the back of the net for a harmless goalkick.

The Falcons hit the post with their second shot of the game but the Falcons found the back of the net in the 14th minute as Emily Schneider took a pass off the end line from Corinne Wulf and deposited past Spartan netminder Sarah Spanarkel.

The Messiah first-half barrage continued as the Spartan defense worked extremely hard to limit the talented Falcon opportunities. Messiah increased the lead to 2-0 with a Wulf tally off a double assist from Katie Hoffsmith and Olivia Scott in the 23rd minute.

The Falcons dominated the first half statistics as they outshot York 10-1 while they also held a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.

Messiah increased the lead to 3-0 on an Amanda Naeher goal just 2:43 into the second half. Naeher's goal was her 17th of the year and was assisted by Wulf who notched her fourth point of the day.

The Falcons ended the game holding a 18-1 bulge in total shots including a 9-0 margin in shots on goal. Messiah also held a 13-0 margin in corner kicks.

Autumn Reilly recorded her eighth shutout of the year as her shutout streak has reached 583:39 dating back to the 2-1 win over Johns Hopkins. Reilly was not forced to make a save in her 90 minutes of work courtesy of the hard working Falcon defense.

Spanarkel played the first 76:22 in goal for the Green and White and played well as she made five saves in allowing three goals in her time in cage. Senior Desiree Halaka played the final 13:38 and recorded a save for York.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they travel to Frostburg to face the talented Bobcats in the first Capital Athletic Conference meeting between the two squads. Game time in Frostburg, Maryland is set for 3:00 pm.


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