MIDDLETOWN, PA – The York College women's soccer team clinched the second seed in the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference Tournament after their 4-0 win over Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday night in Middletown, PA.
The Spartans conclude their regular season with a mark of 11-4-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the CAC. The Lions closed out their inaugural conference campaign with an overall record of 7-11 and 1-7 in the league.
The Spartans opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game as junior Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) found the back of the net. It is the second time this season that the Spartans struck for a goal inside the opening minute of a road game as York scored 38 seconds into the win at McDaniel on September 11. The goal was Bunn's fourth tally of the year and was assisted by freshman Elexa Sherman (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton).
The Green and White pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 17th minute of the contest when Emily Cronise (Hagerstown, Md./Boonsboro) scored off a pass from Jenn Lindsay (North Massapequea, N.Y./Plainedge). The goal was Cronise's third of the year.
Junior Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa./Midd-West) pushed the York lead to 3-0 just 1:41 later when she recorded her third goal of the year. Cronise earned the assist on Folk's goal.
Sophomore Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) closed out the scoring with 14:59 left in the opening half when she scored off a Bunn assist. The goal is Sokolis' team-leading fifth of the season.
The Spartans outshot the Lions 26-6 including 14-3 in shots on goal. The Green and White held an 11-0 margin in corner kicks.
Junior Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) earned the win as she played the opening 25:40 of the game in net for York. Stevi Lukacz (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) played the remaining 64:20 and notched two saves for York to preserve the clean sheet.
Mackenzie Gates suffered the loss in net for the Lions as she recorded 10 saves as she allowed the four Spartan goals.
The Spartans will receive a first-round bye in the upcoming CAC tournament and will host the winner of the St. Mary's College-University of Mary Washington first round match, which will be held on Saturday. The semifinal match will be held at Graham Field on Wednesday, November 6. Game time will be determined after Saturday's opening round games.