FROSTBURG, MD – The York College women's soccer team saw their 2012 season come to an end on Thursday as they fell to the Frostburg State University Bobcats 3-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
The Spartans end the campaign at 8-3-7 overall while the Bobcats improve to 14-3-1 for the season. Frostburg advances to face the top-seeded Salisbury University Sea Gulls in the tournament championship game on Saturday.
The Bobcats jumped on the Spartans early and often in the first half. FSU fired off the first two shots of the game before the Green and White answered with two attempts of their own over the opening 20 minutes of play. The Bobcats got on the board and broke the scoreless tie in the 21st minute when Adria Graham converted a Stephanie Fazenbaker pass for the game's opening goal.
The Bobcats added to the lead just over five minutes later as they scored off a save rebound from Spartan goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone). Erin Worthman collected the rebound and fed Brooke Longo for the goal.
Frostburg pushed the lead to three when Graham struck for her second goal of the game when she drove home a header in the 30th minute off passes from Erin Procter and Liz Sellgman. The tally was was Graham's team-leading 19th of the year.
The Bobcats outshot the Spartans 11-2 in the opening 45 minutes of the game.
The second half was a little more balanced but York never got untracked offensively as they were limited to just four shots in the game with only two being on goal.
Glessner was peppered with 18 shots in the game as she recorded eight saves. The Spartans' sophomore entered the game with the best goals against average and save percentage in Division III. The three goals allowed in the game matched her goals allowed for the entire 2012 season. Glessner finished the year with a school-record 14.5 shutouts while she also had a shutout streak of 926:45 during the campaign.
Katie Smith was never really tested in goal for the Bobcats as she made two saves in earning the shutout.
The Bobcats finished the game with an 18-4 edge in total shots and an 11-2 margin in shots on goal. Frostburg had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The game ends the careers of Spartan seniors Caitlin Aversa (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Tyler Frantz (Bernville, Pa./Hamburg), and Jena Arnister (Water Mill, N.Y./Southampton). The good news for the Green and White is 10 of 11 starters are scheduled to return for the 2013 season.