Sterner Named Coach of the Year; Six Spartans Earn All-CAC Accolades
YORK, PA – The York College women’s soccer squad had six players earn All-Capital Athletic Conference accolades as the league’s post-season awards were handed out on Tuesday. In addition to the six players, Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner earned her third CAC Coach-of-the-Year award. The Spartans captured their first CAC title last Saturday with their 2-0 win at Salisbury in the conference championship match.
The green and white placed three on the first team as defender Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), midfielder Emily Sullivan (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding), and forward Erin Kuhn (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) were recognized by the league’s coaches. Junior Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale), freshman Stephanie Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford), and senior Katie Kegerreis (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) each earned second team honors for the Spartans.
Macgregor led a stingy Spartan defense all season long. She played in and started all 21 games as the Spartans allowed just 17 goals for the year. York allowed just four goals in CAC action all year including a trio of shutouts in the CAC tournament. Macgregor scored a goal and handed out one assist from her defensive position. Macgregor was a second-team All-CAC selection as a sophomore.
Sterner knows the importance of Macgregor to the Spartan defense.
“Kali had an outstanding season,” says Sterner. “She is a physical player that also puts herself in the proper position to make plays.”
Sullivan concludes her Spartan career as a four-year All-CAC First-Team selection. She had a solid year in 2007 as she notched six goals and seven assists for 19 points. For her career, Sullivan is the Spartans’ second all-time leading scorer with 116 points on 41 goals and a school-record 34 assists. She is a two-time ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America including a first-team pick this year. Sullivan’s playmaking ability have led the Spartans for the last four years.
“Emily is a very talented player,” says Sterner. “Her unassuming personality have allowed her to fit in and be a key member of the team for the last four years. Being a first-team all-conference for all four years speaks for itself.”
Kuhn concludes her Spartan career as the most dominate offensive player in the 12 -year history of the program. Kuhn, an three-time first-team All-CAC pick after being a second-teamer as a freshman, is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 127 points on 48 goals and 31 assists. She notched a team-best nine goals and eight assists in 2007. She was a d3kicks.com All-American last year, an honor she will have the chance to repeat this year.
“Erin has been the backbone of our offense for the last four years,” says Sterner. “Her ability to score and make plays for our offense has been a key to our success.”
Stanley makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-CAC squad. Stanley was the Spartans’ third-leading scorer with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. She also notched three game-winning goals for the green and white.
“Jill had a good year for us,” says Sterner. “She is a dangerous offensive player that has really elevated her play over the last few weeks. She brings energy to our attack.”
Mergler had an outstanding freshman campaign as she tallied 11 points on four goals and three assists. All four of her goals came in CAC play and three of those tallies were game-winners for York. Mergler played in all 21 games, starting 19 of those contests. She has meshed nicely with the rest of the team as she provides dangerous play from the midfield.
“Stephanie was highly recruited out of high school and she certainly proved why this season,” says Sterner. “It took her a little time to adjust but she has been very good in the second half of the season. She has risen to the occasion and played very strong soccer for us.”
Kegerreis concluded her Spartan career earlier in the year when she suffered a season-ending injury in the game against Gettysburg. Prior to that injury, Kegerreis had teamed with Macgregor to form the best defensive combination in the CAC if not the region. Kegerreis played in 15 games before the injury, and at the time of the injury, York was 8-4-2. Kegerreis was a first-team pick after her junior campaign.
“It’s so unfortunate for Katie that she suffered the injury,” says Sterner. “She had a magnificent career and we certainly miss her. Much to her credit, Katie has continued to be a very vital part of our team. She has worked with our younger players to ensure they understand the right way to play and what we expect from them as a coaching staff. Her leadership has been very important to us all year long.”
The Spartans head into their first NCAA Tournament game on Saturday afternoon as they face Richard Stockton in the opening round of the tournament. Game time in Pomona, NJ is set for 1:00 pm.