Aversa's Game-Winner Lifts Spartans to Double OT Victory

Aversa's Game-Winner Lifts Spartans to Double OT Victory

GETTYSBURG, PA – York College senior captain Caitlin Aversa (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored a goal with 2:45 left in the second overtime to lift the Spartan women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime win at Gettysburg College on Wednesday night.

The Spartans improve to 6-1-5 overall while the Bullets fall to 8-4. York, the top defensive team in Division III, extends its defensive scoreless streak to 783 minutes.

The game was played back and forth most of the night. The Bullets outshot the Spartans 22-8 overall but the shots on goal total was much lower as Gettysburg held a slight 5-3 margin in that category.

Both sides had equal attempts on goal in the first half with both teams managing two attempts on target.

Gettysburg picked up the pace in the second half with a 10-2 shot margin but only one of those ten shots came on goal.

The Bullets had their best chance at a win in the 95th minute as Casey Attanasio hit a shot that Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) tipped before it hit the crossbar. Gettysburg's Melissa Seidner collected the rebound but her shot to the right side of the net was stopped by Glessner, preserving the tie.

Aversa's game-winner was set up with a Spartan throw in. Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) placed a throw in into the box. Senior Jena Arnister (Water Mill, N.Y./Southampton) flicked the ball to Aversa who netted a shot into the far left netting. The goal was Aversa's second of the year and first career game-winner.

Glessner was again fantastic as she recorded five saves in her 107:15 of work. Glessner is tops in Division III in both goals against average and save percentage. Gettysburg Eliza Gray was also solid as she made two saves in her time in goal.

The Bullets had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks for the game while York had nine fouls to six for the hosts.

The win for the Spartans evens the all-time series at 3-3-1 and snaps a three-game losing streak to the Bullets. All three of York's wins in the series have come at Gettysburg while two of the three Spartan victories have come in overtime.

The Spartans return to action in a big Capital Athletic Conference contest on Saturday when they host Salisbury University at Graham Field. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.

Caitlin Aversa photo courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org