BALTIMORE Md. – York College women's soccer team (13-4-3) entered the NCAA tournament, and got their first win in the NCAA tournament since 2007. The Spartans took down the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon (9-5-2) 1-0.
The Spartans opened their game looking extremely focused and ready for a big day. York opened the game with a pressure attitude that forced CMU to be on the defensive early. Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md. / Calverton School) opened up the shooting for York, with a nice shot that seemed to just miss wide. Then the Spartans seemed to move quickly down field and Elexa Sherman (Collegeville, Pa. / Methacton) sent a pass as the Spartan offense looked to rush down the field. Emily Cronise (Hagerstown, Md. / Boonsboro) collected the pass at the center of the field 23 yards out from the goal. The freshman fired a curling shot to the left poll where the CMU goalie was waiting. The shot seemed to have too much spin for Anna Albi, and the ball slipped off her hands and continued into the net. The goal was Cronise's fourth on the year, and ended up being the game winner for York.
The second half was a battle between the Carnegie offense and the York defense. The Spartans were only able to muster one shot, off of Clare Chatham's (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) that forced a tough Katie Liston save. The second half was all about Dale Mason (Langhorne, Pa. / Neshaminy) and Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md. / Thomas Stone) turning back the Tartan attack. Carnegie Mellon fired 12 shots in the second half and Glessner had to make 3 tough saves. York faced a late rally that had Spartan fans checking their heartrates. The game ended with the Spartans protecting their 1-0 lead and staying alive in the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans were outshot 17-7 for the game and 12-1 in second half. Glessner helped protect the win for the Spartans with 5 saves on the day. The Spartans and Tartans were even in corner kicks with three each, but CMU had all three of their corner kicks in the second half.
With the win, the Spartans will move onto the NCAA second round game at Johns Hopkins. The game will be played at 1:30 on Sunday, November 17 against the winner of the Brooklyn College and Johns Hopkins University match. The full tournament bracket can be found here.