YORK, PA – On a warm October night, the York College women's soccer team notched a 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference win over visiting St. Mary's College on Wednesday evening in York.
The Spartans struck early against the Seahawks of St. Mary's College with a goal in the 11th minute. The Spartans would take that lead to the locker room before adding a second goal later in the game to secure a 2-0 win.
Final Score: York 2, St. Mary's 0
Records: York 4-7 (1-1 CAC), St. Mary's 2-8 (0-2 CAC)
Shots: York 11, St. Mary's 9
Shots on Goal: York 6, St. Mary's 4
Corner Kicks: York 5, St. Mary's 1
Saves: York 4, St. Mary's 4
Fouls: York 5, St. Mary's 6
How It Happened:
• The Spartans came out early looking to attack. Freshman Ashley Hudak fired the first shot for York in the fourth minute but pushed the shot wide right.
• The Green and White struck minutes later when sophomore Megan Stoltzfus sent a pass to senior Natalie McCarthy. McCarthy gathered the ball on her right foot and fired a shot from outside the 18 yard box, beating the outstretched arm of Seahawk goalkeeper Audra Haines to put the Spartans up 1-0 in the 11th minute.
•The Spartans struck again after the half. In the 65th minute, sophomore Jenna Cholowinski sent a cross into the box on a corner kick. The ball was fumbled around in the box before junior Jenna Holthaus tapped in the loose ball to move the York lead to 2-0.
Natalie McCarthy: 1 goal, 3 shots
Jenna Holthaus: 1 goal, 1 shot
Megan Stoltzfus: 1 assist
Alecia Rotunno: 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Megan Tazza: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Jillian Kozak (YCP): 90:00 minutes played, 0 goal against, 4 saves (Win, 4-2)
Audra Haines (St. Mary's): 90:00 minutes played, 2 goals against, 4 saves (Loss, 2-8)
York is 10-16-3 all-time against the Seahawks from St. Mary's .... the Spartans ended a three game losing streak against the Seahawks with the 2-0 win … the last game between the two was a 1-0 Seahawk win in the first round of the CAC Tournament last year. Junior defender Jenna Holthaus scored her first career goal for the Spartans with her 65th minute goal against St. Mary's … senior midfielder Natalie McCarthy scored her fourth goal of the season against the Seahawks … McCarthy is just one goal shy of tying her season-high for goals scored in a season … the win against St. Mary's marked the first conference win of the season for the Spartans in just their second CAC contest … freshman goalie Jillian Kozak notched her second shutout of her career with four saves … Kozak has allowed just four goals in her six career starts for the Green and White.
The Spartans stay at home for their next contest as they host Southern Virginia on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm at Graham Field.
Story written by Trey Piper, Athletic Communications Student Intern