YORK, Pa - The York College Spartans women's soccer squad opened their 2013 home campaign with a 2-1 non-conference win over Elizabethtown College on Wednesday afternoon in York.
The Spartans even their record at 1-1 while the Blue Jays fall to 0-3.
The contest got off to a slow start as neither squad could garner any early momentum in the opening ten minutes. York got a pair of early corner kicks but really couldn't manage any shots off either corner opportunity.
After the Spartans managed to fire off a pair of shots on goal, the Green and White finally broke through when junior Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) launched a shot from beyond the top of the box. The shot navigated its way through heavy traffic in the box and beat Elizabethtown goalie Caitlin Matus inside the right post for the 1-0 Spartan lead. The goal was Bunn's first of the year and was also the Spartans' first offensive tally of the year.
York maintained their lead early into the second half and built upon the lead in the 76th minute on a beautiful combination goal. Freshman Jordan Neiheiser (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) collected a pass on the right side of the box. She ripped a well-placed pass across the goalmouth where junior Traci Mohl (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon Catholic) collected the feed and banged home a one-timer inside the left post for the goal.
The Blue Jays almost broke into the scoring column in the 83rd minute as Kara Weller hit a header off an Elizabethtown corner kick. Fortunately for York, keeper Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) came up with a sprawling stop, keeping the Blue Jays off the board.
Elizabethtown upped the pressure on the Spartan defense late and that pressure paid off with a Lauren Berry goal off a pass from Deanna Slater with 1:53 left in regulation. The Green and White would kill off the remainder of regulation and earn their first win of 2013.
York College finished the game with 15 shots, nine of which were on goal while Elizabethtown fired off eight total shots including five on frame.
York's Glessner finished the game with four saves as she earned the win. Glessner allowed the one goal in 90 minutes of work. Matus registered seven saves while she allowed two goals in going the distance for the Blue Jays.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they kick off a weekend road trip to Marywood and Scranton. York travels to Marywood on Saturday for a 1:00 pm game and they will trek to Scranton to face the Royals on Sunday.
Contributions to the story by David Boslough, Athletic Communications Student Intern