FREDERICKSBURG, VA – York College junior Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa./Midd-West) tallied a goal 44 second into overtime to lift the Spartans to a 3-2 come-from-behind Capital Athletic Conference win at Mary Washington on Saturday.
The win keeps the Spartans unbeaten in the CAC as they are now 4-0-1 in the league and 8-3-2 overall. The loss drops the Eagles to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Folk's heroics in overtime were necessary because Mary Washington jumped on the Spartans early. Mary Washington scored on an Erin Reynolds goal a mere 5:49 into the game. The Eagles pushed the lead to 2-0 just over 11 minutes later when Leah Roth tallied a goal.
Folk got the Spartans on the board when she scored off a feed from Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) in the 33rd minute. That goal gave the Spartans some traction heading to the intermission.
York tied the game 5:12 into the second half as junior Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) notched her third goal of the year as she scored off a feed from Elexa Sherman (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton).
The Spartans would have chances to end the game in regulation but York couldn't capitalize on their 6-2 total shots margin in second half shots.
That would set the stage for Folk's game-winning goal in the very early stages of overtime. Folk's goal came off a feed from freshman Kirsten Good (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra). The game-winner was the first of Folk's three-year Spartan career.
The Spartans ended the game with a 12-9 margin in total shots including a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. York had a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks while the game was pretty clean with only 11 total fouls.
Freshman Stevi Lukacz (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) earned the win in goal as she relieved starter Melanie Glesser (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) in the 21st minute of the game. Lukacz recorded a pair of saves in 70:41 of play to earn her second collegiate win.
Sara Armor went the distance in goal for the Eagles as she made four saves while she allowed three goals.
The Spartans are now unbeaten in their last five matches while they are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.
The Green and White returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Wesley College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is set for 4:30 pm.