READING Pa. - The York College Spartan field hockey squad (3-6) lost 3-2, in tough shootout against Alvernia (6-3) on the first day of October. The game was a big battle and the Spartans fought to the end.
In the first half, Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central) opened up the York shooting with a tough shot off her own corner that forced the Crusader's goalie Rebecca Broscious to make a save. Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy) was constantly forced throughout the first period to make difficult saves and responded well. With a little over 13 minutes, remaining Alvernia broke the scoreless draw with a Margaret Wentzel goal. York looked unfazed by the goal, took the ball down to the circle, and pressured the Alvernia goalie with shots by multiple Spartan forwards that were unable to find the wood in the cage.
Following another save, the Crusaders took a breakaway drive and the Alvernia forward Summer Liberto fired a tough shot over the head of Baker. The Spartans ended the period with senior Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del. / Smyrna) firing a pair of shots to show that York was ready for a fight despite the 2-0 halftime deficit.
The second period opened quickly for the Spartans and was an exciting 10 minutes of play. York took a quick drive down the field following a Baker save, Kirsten Bridgers (Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg) was able to take a shot after a quick drive down the field. It was Bridgers fifth goal of the season, and helped York pull close to the Crusaders. Alvernia returned to their two goal lead just 34 seconds later, off a shot that was collected from a rebound off of Baker's glove. York battled in the Crusaders to push the ball down the field and after a corner and a Jillian Brezgel (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) shot, York got another scoring opportunity. This time sophomore Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa. / South Western) was able to find the back of the cage for her third goal of the season. The opportunity came after Bridgers was able to set up a nice assist to Martin.
York won the second period with scoring but the first period onslaught by the Crusaders proved to be too much for the Spartans to overcome. Brewer led the team with four shots on goal, as the Spartans recorded 15 shots on goal and 22 shots total. The Crusaders fired 23 shots and the York goalie Baker worked hard for her 10 saves.
The Spartans return to action on the jam-packed Fall Fest Saturday slate against Mary Washington in a 1:00 pm Capital Athletic Conference contest at Kinsley Field.
Story written by Nate Caruso – Assistant Dir. of Athletic Communications
Kirsten Bridgers photo courtesy of Zach Rogers