Bunn and Defense Combine to Lift Spartans to Victory
YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team continued their outstanding defensive play as they picked up a 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference win over Marymount University on Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 4-1-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the CAC while the Saints fall to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Spartans' recipe for success was a double helping of Elizabeth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) and some more smothering defense. It's a recipe that has proven to be highly successful for the Green and White in 2012.
York applied pressure early and often to the Saints' defense. The Spartans' first good chance of the game came less than five minutes in as Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) lofted a corner kick that floated to the far post. Bunn went into the air to get the ball and her header was just wide of the net.
Freshman Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) had back-to-back chances when she hit a chip shot wide of the cage in the seventh minute. She then had a break away that she fired right to Saint goalkeeper Victoria Wyand. The Green and White fired off five more shots over the next 14 minutes before Bunn found the back of the net for the game's first goal. Bunn's goal came when she collected a loose ball, drove past the Marymount defense and beat Wyand for the unassisted tally in the 26th minute.
The Spartans had three more shots over the final 19 minutes of the first half but were unable to convert any of their chances as they took a 1-0 lead to the break.
Bunn struck for her second goal just over five minutes into the second half as Tyler Frantz (Bernville, Pa./Hamburg) fed a thru ball to Bunn. She collected the ball and banged a shot inside the left post for the 2-0 Spartan lead. The goal was Bunn's fourth of the season. Three of Bunn's four goals have come in the Spartans' last two games and three of her four goals have been game-winners for the Green and White.
The Saints had two great chances to get back into the game as Christina Anderson ripped a high shot off a restart from 24 yards out in the 58th minute. Marymount's Melissa Fessenden then had a 1-v-1 against Spartan netminder Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) in the 74th minute. However, Glessner came out to challenge the shot and made a tough save to preserve the sixth Spartan shutout of the year.
The Spartans finished the game with a 27-6 bulge in total shots including a 14-4 edge in shots on goal. The Spartans also had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Glessner earned her fifth shutout of the year as she recorded four saves. She has now extended her personal and team defensive scoreless streak to 365:45. Glessner lowered her goals against average to 0.12 while her save percentage stands at .964.
Wyand played the first half and suffered the loss. She allowed one goal with seven saves in her 45 minutes of work. Gaby Prellezo played the second half and allowed the one goal with five saves.
The Spartans return to action on Monday when they host McDaniel College in a non-conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is set for 4:00 pm.
Elizabeth Bunn photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications