Spartans Nab Non-Conference Win in Regular Season Finale
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The York College women's soccer team capped off their 2011 regular season slate with a win Wednesday afternoon, as they posted a 1-0 double overtime victory at Moravian. With the non-conference triumphs, the Spartans, who pick up their first non-conference win of the season, improve to 7-10 on the season while the Greyhounds drop to 6-10-1.
Midway through the second extra session, the Spartans found themselves in their attacking third with the ball on the right side of the field. Senior captain Lacey Phillips clipped in a service from the right, which found Jordan Snook in the box. The sophomore forward tried to finish the attempt with a quick touch but was blocked by a Moravian defender. Fortunately for the Green and White, the ricochet bounced to a wide-open Stephanie Rice on the far left post as the senior midfielder calmly finished for the game-winner. Rice's tally with 4:49 left in the match proves her second goal, and second game-winner, of the 2011 campaign.
Both squads put together dangerous opportunities throughout the match as Moravian totaled 19 shots on the day to York's 18. The Green and White put consistent pressure on the Greyhound defense but simply were unable to breakthrough until Rice's tally.
Freshman forward Mary Hunkeler nearly gave the Green and White the lead in the second half. In the 77th minute, Hunkeler got in behind the Greyhound defense with the ball but Moravian goalkeeper Tori Korona cut off the attempt to preserve the 0-0 score.
Despite the myriad of attempts, the Green and White defense bent but did not break throughout the 105-plus minutes of action. In the second half, York cleared two shots off the line, including one from senior defender Emily Cook, to keep the score level at 0-0. Left back Megan Phillips put together a fantastic match for the Spartan squad. The tough sophomore consistently broke up Moravian attacks and was able to push into the attack herself, creating a dangerous opportunity in the second half.
In just her second career start, Spartan goalkeeper Melanie Glessner posted a pair of quality saves, one in the second half and the other in the first overtime. In the 54th minute, the Greyhounds' Arielle Caidas struck a shot that seemed headed for high inside the right post. Making an outstanding diving save, Glessner laid out to her left to parry away the shot.
In the first extra session, Moravian struck a high shot from beyond the 18-yard box. The Spartan netminder tracked the attempt and caught it high, preventing any possibility of a rebound. Glessner finished the match with eight saves to record her first career shutout. Korona posted five stops for Moravian.
With the win, the Green and White now turn their collective attention to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, which begins on Sunday, October 30. York, the tournament's fourth seed, is slated to play host to fifth-seeded Mary Washington in a 2:00 pm contest at Graham Field.
PHOTO: Stephanie Rice looks to play a ball during York's contest against Mary Washington earlier this season. Courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com