YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team dropped another close game on Saturday 2-1 to visiting Wesley College. With the win, the Wolverines improve to 7-4 and 3-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 5-6 and 0-3 in the conference.
Despite a scoreless first half, both offenses showed much life, but neither could get into the scoring groove. York held the edge in both shots and penalty corners through one period of play, but failed to capitalize on their opportunities.
Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, Wesley notched the first score of the game. Sheree Pleasanton picked up the unassisted goal after knocking a loose ball from close range.
The Wolverines would strike again two minutes later, but this time via a penalty stroke. Spartan defender Danielle Gaitings, who registered a defensive save earlier in the contest, was called for a penalty as the ball hit her foot while attempting to make another save. Rachel Joyner was awarded the stroke and beat the Spartan goalkeeper in the upper left corner.
Down 2-0 with less than five minutes to play York started a late rally as sophomore forward Madi Wilt collected her fifth goal of the season.
With just seconds left, the Spartans had an opportunity to register the equalizer and send the game into overtime. Junior Sandee Reich gained possession with 12 seconds to go and pushed the ball the length of the field where she met opposing goalkeeper Elizabeth Groom. Groom came out to make a play on Reich and as she did Reich shot and the ball went wide as time expired. However, a foul was called on the play and York was granted one last corner. Reich received the ball once again, but her final shot was blocked.
In the loss, the Green and White held the advantage in shots 20-10 and also in penalty corners 12-8.
Defense played a key role in today's contest as Wesley's Victoria Dunbar and Dana Keller each tallied a defensive save for the Wolverines. Previously mentioned Danielle Gaitings also recorded a defensive save as she now has three on the season.
The York College field hockey team will complete the final game of their four-game home stand on Tuesday when they take on DeSales University. The contest is scheduled for 4:30 pm.
Brittany Simmons photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Game story written by Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communications student-intern