YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team got off to a stellar start to the 2014 season with a 5-0 win over Gordon on Friday afternoon at Kinsley Field in day one of the York College Field Hockey Classic.
Nearly 29 minutes into the first half, York (1-0) got on the board first as freshman Ali Posey (Airville, Pa./Red Lion) tallied her first career goal in her first collegiate game. Posey maneuvered her way past the defense on the right side of the circle and finished to the right side of the cage.
Just over six minutes after the Posey goal, the Spartans tallied another score as freshman Autumn Mallory (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) also scored in her first collegiate game. Mallory was assisted on the play by senior Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) who redirected a pass from the top of the circle right to the stick of Mallory who finished from the middle.
At the end of one half of play, York held a 2-0 lead over Gordon (0-1), with a 9-4 shot advantage and a 4-1 lead in penalty corners.
The second half went much like the first as Mallory tallied her second score of the game on a beautifully executed reverse sweep shot. Posey also tacked on a second goal of her own as she was called upon to execute a penalty stroke and did so successfully.
The Spartans closed out the game with a late goal by junior Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa./South Western) to extend the lead to the eventual final score of 5-0. Martin scored when she poked in her own rebound after her initial shot was saved and the goalie could not recover in time to stop Martin's second effort.
The York defensive unit put together a stellar outing as it limited the Fighting Scots to just six total shots. Senior Katie Petrillo (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township) played a key role in the defensive third as she recorded a defensive save and displayed consistent ball control as she kept it away from the opposition and distributed passes up to the forwards.
Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Everett (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) earned her first collegiate start as picked up her first career win and shutout with a two-save performance.
York out-shot Gordon 27-6, with a margin of 16-3 for shots on goal. The Spartans also finished with a 17-3 advantage in penalty corners.
The Spartans return to action as they will host Neumann on day two of the York College Field Hockey Classic at 1 p.m. at Kinsley Field.
Ali Posey photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers