DOVER, Del. – The York College field hockey squad suffered a tough 3-0 road loss to Wesley College on Saturday in Capital Athletic Conference action. The defeat drops the Spartans to 5-4 on the season including 2-2 in CAC play while the Wolverines improve to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
Host Wesley got on the board in the 30th minute as Sheree Pleasanton knocked home what would prove to be the game-winner. Pleasanton stole the ball from the Spartan defense and side-stepped York goalkeeper Maggie Schlauch before sending her shot around a Spartan defender to put the Wolverines up one 29:37 into the contest.
It would not take long for Wesley to go up 2-0 as just 3:06 later, Abigail Hill found the back of the Spartan cage. From five yards out, Hill's strike went into the right side of the goal, giving the hosts a two-goal cushion.
The second half saw Wesley add one more to their total as Pleasanton finished a penalty stroke in the 58th minute. Her second tally of the game gave the Wolverines a 3-0 lead, which they would hold onto for the final result.
Despite the final score, the Spartans had ample opportunity to take the lead early in the CAC tilt. Between the 6:44 and 12:50 marks of the first half, with the game still level at 0-0, York posted four penalty corners and registered five shots, three of which required saves from Wolverine goalkeeper Sarah Johnson. However, the Green and White were unable to breakthrough, as Wesley seized control of the play and eventually the game.
For the contest, the Wolverines notched 16 shots to York's nine while also leading in penalty corners 11-9.
Johnson secures the victory in the Wolverine goal as she made four saves over her 70 minutes of action. Schlauch suffers the defeat despite making seven saves for York. Spartan junior Brittany Simmons posted a defensive save of her own in the game's 17th minute.
The Green and White will look to get back into the win column on Thursday, September 30, to begin a four-game homestand. York opens against McDaniel in a 4:30 pm non-conference tilt from Kinsley Field.
Brittany Simmons photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh