LANCASTER, PA – The York College women's soccer team remains in search of their first non-conference victory of the year as the Spartans fell to Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, on Wednesday in Lancaster, PA. The Spartans, who are 4-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference, fall to 4-7-1 overall while the Diplomats improve to 6-3 for 2010.
After a scoreless first half, the second 45 minutes was much of the same. The Spartans began clicking on offense midway through the stanza as they had a ten-minute stretch where they fired off five of their seven shots of the half. Diplomat goalie Hannah Barry was forced to make three saves in that stretch as she kept the Spartans off the board.
The Diplomats broke the scoreless deadlock with a Nancy Epstein goal with just 5:43 remaining in the game. Epstein hit a shot from 25 yards out that eluded Spartan goalie Sarah Spanarkel and found the back of the net for the game-winner.
The Spartans' last gasp at forcing an extra session came when Kat Sipes hit a header with just under three minutes remaining. Barry made the save on Sipes, preserving the Diplomat victory.
Barry earned the win as she recorded the clean sheet with six saves. Spanarkel played well but absorbed the loss as she recorded three saves.
The Spartans outshot their hosts 10-9 while the Green and White also held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
York returns to conference play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to St. Mary's College in a key CAC clash. Kick off in St. Mary's City, MD is set for 2:00 pm.
Ally Wivell photo courtesy of Scott Guise