Captains Nip Spartans in CAC First Place Showdown
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – In a battle for first place in the Capital Athletic Conference, the Christopher Newport University Captains got a goal late in the first half to hold off the York College Spartans 1-0 on Saturday in Newport News, VA.
The Captains improve to 11-2-1 overall and 5-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 9-4-2 and 5-1-1 in the league.
The Captains had the better of the early play as they recorded the first five shots of the game. The Green and White wrestled back a little bit of the momentum with three shots of their own.
The Captains countered and turned up the pressure on the Spartan defense. Victoria Perry fired a shot on York goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) that Glessner saved. CNU's Emma O'Reilly collected the rebound and rifled another shot that was cleared by the Spartan defense.
The Captains finally capitalized on an offensive opportunity in the 36th minute when Lindsay Mondloch took a corner kick. Her kick found the head of Bupe Okeowo who banged home the header for her seventh goal of the year.
The Spartans had a great chance in the 42nd minute when York freshman Emily Cronise (Hagerstown, Md./Boonsboro) hit the cross bar with a shot.
The Green and White came out of the half and dialed up the effort on offense as they started taking the play to the Captains. York peppered Captains netminder Haley Cassanova with 13 second half shots but she stood tall, making eight saves to preserve the shutout and the win.
York finished the game with a 19-17 edge in total shots and a 9-5 margin in shots on goal. The Green and White also had a 9-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Cassanova earned the clean sheet with nine saves in her 90 minutes of work. Glessner allowed the one goal as she posted three saves in the loss.
The Spartans are now off for a week when they return to action and host Southern Virginia in a non-conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is set for 12:30 pm.