Spartans Upset #10 CNU in OT on Senior Day

Senior field hockey photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Senior field hockey photo courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA –  The Spartan field hockey squad celebrates senior day and gets a huge CAC win as they upset #10 Christopher Newport 2-1 in overtime on a crisp Saturday afternoon.

 

Match #13

Final Score: York 2 – #10 CNU 1

Records: York 8-5, (2-0), CNU 8-3, (1-1)

Shots: York 7, CNU 2

Shots on Goal: York 4, CNU 1

Penalty Corners: York 6, CNU 0

 

How It Happened:

• After a majority of the first half was played in the midfield with shots being hard to come by for both teams, the Spartans were able to capitalize on one of their penalty corners when Greta Plappert dished a pass over to Dana Meehling who rocketed a shot that deflected off a CNU defender and bounced over the goalkeeper's out-stretched stick to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead going into the halftime break.

• The second half started similarly to the first as both teams battled for possession in the midfield until Courtney Fiest was able to find some breathing room and dribble passed the Spartan defense to bury a near post shot to tie the game up 1-1 at the 54:15 mark.

• Both defenses held strong for the remainder of the half and the teams headed to overtime deadlocked 1-1.

• York got the break they were looking for at the 3:39 mark in overtime as Lindsay Nye broke free and had a break away opportunity before she was tripped up from behind leading to a penalty stroke. Dana Meehling stepped up to the spot and placed the shot in the left corner passed the diving Captain keeper to record her second goal of the game and give the Spartans the hard-fought upset victory 2-1.

 

Spartan Leaders

Dana Meehling: 2 goals, 2 shots on goal, 3 shots

Greta Plappert: 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 4 shots

Meghan Heary: 1 shot on goal, 2 shots

 

Captain Leaders

Courtney Fiest: 1 goal, 4 shots on goal, 8 shots

Courtnie Green: 1 shot on goal, 1 shot

Nyla Lewis: 1 shot on goal, 1 shot

 

Goalie Comparison

Sam Keating (YCP): 70 minutes, 1 goal against, 5 saves (Win, 8-5) 

Olivia Davis (CNU): 70 minutes, 2 goals against, 4 saves (Loss, 8-3)

 

Game Notes:

York is now 3-3 all-time against the Captains … they have defeated CNU in all three matches at Kinsley Field … Dana Meehling has been on a scoring tear since she has returned from an early-season injury scoring two goals in the win and now has five goals on the season, all coming in the last six contests … junior forward Greta Plappert continued to be a weapon on offense recording her team-leading fifth assist and now has a team-high 21 points, good for a tie for third-most in the CAC … goalkeeper Sam Keating saved five more shots today giving her 68 on the year putting her at second-most in the conference … the Spartans have now won five straight games outscoring their opponents 15-5 during that stretch … they are now 4-3 at home this season.

 

Up Next:

The Spartans stay at home as they take on the #7 Seagulls from Salisbury University on Wednesday. Start time scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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