Spartans Play Strong Second Half but Fall to Misericordia

Spartans Play Strong Second Half but Fall to Misericordia

YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer played a solid game but dropped a 1-0 decision against Misericordia University in a non-conference contest on humid Sunday afternoon in York. The Spartans are now 0-2 while the Cougars improve to 1-1.

The Cougars had the better of the play in the first half as they applied constant pressure on the Spartan defense in the opening 45 minutes of action. The Cougars squeezed off 10 first half shots with five of those attempts coming on goal.

Misericordia got the only goal they needed in the 29th minute of play as Ashley DiPippa collected a nice thru ball in the top of the Spartan box. She pivoted around a Spartan defender and buried a shot under a diving Sarah Spanarkel for the game's lone goal. The goal was DiPippa's first tally of the year.

The Green and White came out of the break and played their best half of the young season. York had more of the possession but struggled to convert that possession into quality chances. The Spartans' best opportunity to score came early in the second stanza as senior Steph Rice had a header just skim over the cross bar just four minutes into the half.

York had consecutive corner kicks with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation but the Spartans would be unable to direct either kick towards the Misericordia net as they are still looking for their first goal of 2011.

Jess Anderson earned the win in net for Misericordia but she was not forced to make a save in the victory. Spanarkel played very well for the Spartans as she recorded seven saves but suffered the loss with the one goal allowed.

Misericordia outshot York 14-3 overall and 8-0 in shots on goal. Both squads had four corner kicks while the Spartans were whistled for 14 fouls to just six for the Cougars.

York returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when they welcome the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays to York for a non-conference contest. Kick off is slated for 4:00 pm.

Beth Bunn photo courtesy of Theresa Dark, Athletic Communications Practicum Student