FREDERICK, Md. – The York College women's soccer team picked up a 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over host Hood College Wednesday afternoon in Frederick, Md. With the victory the Spartans move to 3-6 overall and 3-0 in the CAC while the Blazers drop to 1-8 and 0-3 in conference play.
Sophomore Jordan Snook provided the game-winner for the Green and White in the 68th minute. Senior forward Lauren Ward pushed into a dangerous area before Snook found the ball inside the box on the right side. The forward wasted little time in finishing the opportunity high, inside the right post for the game's lone score. Snook has now tallied two of York's three game-winners this season.
York battled throughout much of the contest against a spirited Blazer squad. The Spartans posted 14 shots in the opening frame, yet Hood goalkeeper Kirsten Cacciola stood tall making nine saves in the period.
Tied 0-0 at half, York notched double-digit shot totals again in the second half as they recorded 11 attempts. It would be Snook's tally however, that would prove the deciding factor in the contest.
Defensively, senior captain Kathryn Leyendecker played exceptionally well for the Green and White. Late in the first half and through the beginning of the second, Leyendecker proved a solid ball-winner who provided much-needed bite for the Spartans. Junior Caitlin Aversa also put together a quality showing for York from her marking back position.
Spartan goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel picks up win number three on the season as she made a trio of saves to snag the shutout. Of those three saves, Spanarkel made one potentially game-saving stop in the 55th minute when Hood's Stevey Markovich found herself alone inside the box on the right side. Markovich hit a low shot to the far post as Spanarkel dove to her right to keep the attempt out of the goal.
Hood's Cacciola put together an outstanding effort of her own as she registered 14 saves for the Blazers.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, October 1, when they welcome CAC foe Wesley to Graham Field. Start time from York is slated for 12:30 pm.
Jordan Snook photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com