October 27, 2012

Women's Soccer Advances to CAC Semifinals with 7-6 PK Win

YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer did what they have done all year in Saturday afternoon's Capital Athletic Conference women's soccer first round tournament game. The Spartans rode a hot defense and struggled to score as the Spartans needed a 7-6 decision in penalty kicks as they advanced past Wesley to move to the tournament semifinals.

The Spartans notch their seventh tie of the year as they are now 8-2-7 overall while the Wolverine season comes to an end at 8-8-2.

York advances to face second seeded Frostburg State on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Frostburg, MD.

The Spartans had chances all day long as they consistently peppered Wolverine goalie Chelsea Marriner. York fired off 22 first half shots including six on target in the opening 45 minutes of play but were unable to find the back of the net. That, along with stellar defense, has been a theme for the Spartans this year.

The second half was much of the same as the shot difference was closer at 8-3 but the Green and White continued to carry the play. However, Marriner continued to keep the game scoreless with some stellar work between the pipes.

The Spartans had a 3-1 edge in shots on goal in the overtime period but the game was destined to head to a penalty kick decision.

The Wolverines cashed in on their first two chances as they took a 2-0 edge. Elizabeth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) cut into the deficit with a conversion on the Spartans' second chance. Samantha Lyon gave Wesley a 3-1 lead before senior Caitlin Aversa (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) banged home her chance for the tally.

Wesley finished their fourth chance and the pressure was on the Spartans. Senior Tyler Frantz (Bernville, Pa./Hamburg) converted her chance to keep the Spartans alive. Then Spartan goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) came up huge with a save on a Kerri Pagels attempt to keep the Spartans in the game. Glessner then did it on the offensive end as she converted the Spartans' fifth kick to send it to sudden death tied at four.

Both teams converted their sixth and seventh chances to keep the tie intact. Glessner then opened the door for the Spartans when she stopped the Wolverine's eighth attempt and sophomore Traci Mohl (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon Catholic) slammed the door on Wesley as she buried the Spartans' eighth attempt to send York to the semifinals.

York finished the game with a 33-4 edge in total shots including a 9-3 margin in shots on goal. The Green and White also held a 3-1 margin in corner kicks.

Glessner finished with three saves including a big one in the overtime. Marriner recorded nine saves for the Wolverines.

The berth in the semifinals gives the Spartans the chance to avenge their only conference loss of the year as FSU downed the Spartans 2-1 on October 17.  The semifinal appearance is the first in the last three years for the Spartans after they had been knocked out of the tournament in the first round each of the last two years.

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