Defense Rules the Day as Spartans and Eagles End in Scoreless Tie

YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team finished Saturday's Capital Athletic Conference match up against Mary Washington just like they have four other matches this year. They tied the Eagles 0-0 after 110 minutes of action at Graham Field on a very nice October Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans are now 5-1-5 overall and 1-0-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The five ties established a new school record. The Eagles are now 8-1-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the CAC. The shutout was the tenth of the season for the Spartans, who rank first in the nation in goals against average as they have allowed just one goal in 11 contests, good for a goals against average of 0.08.

The Eagles had the best of the early play. Mary Washington's first good chance came in the ninth minute of play. Erin Reynolds hit an initial shot into the box. Spartan goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) made the save on the shot. Reynolds collected the rebound and hit a shot back towards the Spartan net but York defender Jenn Lindsay (North Massapequea, N.Y./Plainedge) was in great position and cleared the soft shot off the line.

In the 19th minute, the Spartans had a free kick off an Eagle foul about ten yards outside the box. Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the chance and slid a pass into the box. The ball made it to Elizabeth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) who popped the ball up into the air. The sphere found the head of Jess Canami (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) who appeared to head the ball into the goal. Unfortunately for York, the goal was waved off after an off-sides call.

The Eagles held a 6-2 edge in shots and a 4-1 margin in shots on goal in the first half.

The Spartans had the best scoring opportunity of the day as the Spartans earned a penalty kick attempt 45 seconds into the second half. Bunn's shot was saved by a sprawling Charlotte Owens and the rebound was cleared away by the Eagles' defense.

Both teams had their chances in the second half and overtime but both defenses and goalies stood tall in the face of any offensive pressure.

The Eagles finished with a slight 15-13 edge in total shots while they also had a 9-7 margin in shots on goal. York had the 5-4 margin in corner kicks for the game.

Glessner was again fantastic for York as the top-ranked goalkeeper in Division III Women's Soccer extended her personal scoreless streak to 675:45. Glessner made eight saves as she pushed her school record for shutouts in a season to nine.

Owens and Alyssa Goodwin split time in goal for the Eagles. Owens was shaken up in the 49th minute and Goodwin came into the game in relief. Owens returned to the game late in regulation and played both overtime periods.  Owens played a total of 80:29 as she made six saves. Goodwin played 29:31 and recorded one stop for the Eagles.

The Spartans return to action with a very tough non-conference match up on Wednesday night as they travel to Gettysburg to face the Bullets. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start.

Clare Chatham photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer