Spartans Fall in Home Opener

Kaylyn Watts photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Kaylyn Watts photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA. – The York College women's soccer team fell to Gettysburg College 2-0 in the Spartan home opener at Graham Field on Wednesday in non-conference action. York equaled the Bullets total of 11 shots, but was unable to find the back of the net.

Records: York 0-4, Gettysburg 2-1-1

Shots: York 11, Gettysburg 11

Shots on goal: York 2, Gettysburg 7

Corner kicks: York 4, Gettysburg 1

Saves: York 5, Gettysburg 2

Fouls: York 10, Gettysburg 10

How It Happened

• The game started slow, with neither team recording a single shot until the 10th minute, a shot from Amanda Healy that was blocked. Gettysburg's first opportunity came in the 13th minute, but Jess Wieber was up to the challenge, diving to her left to corral it.

• York's best chance in the first 20 minutes, came right at that mark, Caitlin Rankin whipped in a corner than found Kaylyn Watts, but her attempt went wide.

• In the 23rd minute, the Bullets broke the scoreless tie when Samantha Esposito won the ball and then dribbled past Wieber before slotting the ball home.

• The Spartans earned another chance in the 29th minute, setting up Ryan Hussey for an attempt, but a lunging Bullet defender prohibited the ball from forcing a save.

• At the break, both teams had launched five shots, but Gettysburg held the 1-0 lead as York couldn't manage to hit the frame.

• Gettysburg doubled their lead in the 54th minute when a shot from long range blasted off the crossbar, landing at the feet of Esposito, who finished off her second goal of the game.

Georgia Gillcrist's header in the 80th minute was saved, but the Spartans continued knocking on the door. A couple of late chances were not enough, as York's offensive woes continue on Wednesday, falling 2-0.

Spartan Leaders

Caitlin Rankin: 3 shots, 1 shot on goal

Georgia Gillcrist: 1 shot on goal

Bullet Leaders

Samantha Esposito: 2 goals, 3 shots, 3 shots on goal

Lauren Miesemer: 1 assist, 5 shots, 1 shot on goal

Goalie Comparison:

Jess Wieber (York): 45 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves (L, 0-4)

Sydney Kahn (York): 45 minutes played, 1 goal against, 3 saves

Kerry Sammon (Gettysburg): 90 minutes played, 0 goals against, 2 saves (W, 2-1-1)

Match Notes

York falls to 3-7-2 all-time against the Bullets … the Spartans have lost the last seven meetings with Gettysburg … York is in a scoring drought, netting just one goal in their four games to open the season … Caitlin Rankin added another shot on goal, her second, to lead the team for the season … Jess Wieber and Sydney Kahn have combined to post a .706 save percentage in net for the Spartans.

Up Next

The Spartans travel to Washington & Lee on Saturday.  York is 0-1 all-time against the Generals, having lost 3-0 at home a year ago. Kick off is slated for 3:00 p.m.

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