Relentless Offensive Pressure Lifts Spartans Past Neumann
YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team picks up its second straight win of the 2014 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Neumann on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field in day two of the York College Field Hockey Classic.
After 27 minutes of scoreless play and multiple shots from the Spartan offense, York (2-0) finally broke through on its sixth corner of the first half. Freshman Ali Posey (Airville, Pa./Red Lion) ripped a shot from the edge of the circle that was then deflected into the cage by freshman Shania Gelvin (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road) for her first collegiate goal.
York took a 1-0 lead over Neumann (0-2) into he locker room, while also holding a 14-3 advantage in shots and a 6-2 lead in penalty corners.
The Spartans did not let up the pressure in the second half as they tacked on 17 more shots. However, Neumann goalkeeper Summer Sklivas challenged the Spartan attack, recorded eight saves in the second half to go along with the 10 saves she posted in the first half.
York eventually broke through in the second half when freshman Autumn Mallory (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) redirected a reverse sweet shot by Posey. Mallory now leads the York offense with three goals on the season.
The Spartans would let in a late goal to the Knights, but York managed to maintain possession in the offensive zone to prevent Neumann from building a counterattack.
Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Everett (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) picked up her second win of the season and improves to 2-0 as she made six saves and allowed one goal.
York finished the game with a 31-8 advantage in shots and an 18-5 advantage in penalty corners.
York will return to action on Wednesday in a home contest at 4:30 p.m. in a nonconference contest against Gettysburg.
Shania Gelvin photo courtesy of Scott Guise - York College Director of Athletic Communications