Having handily defeated Mary Washington 3-0 Wednesday afternoon, the York College women’s soccer team earned the right to battle Salisbury University for the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship. On Saturday afternoon, York will travel to Salisbury, Md. to take on the rival Sea Gulls at 12:00 pm, as the winner will receive the CAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Salisbury handed the Spartans their only loss in conference play this season, downing the green and white 2-1 in York on September 29. In that match York gained the 1-0 advantage in the 24th minute as Kayla Denmyer (New Freedom, Pa./Kennard-Dale) finished off a Katie Kegerreis (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) assist. Tying the game at one late in the first frame, Salisbury’s Hillary Grove tallied 41:30 into the match. The game-winner came from Sea Gull forward Dana Passucci in the 85th minute of action.
For the season, senior forward Erin Kuhn (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) paces the York squad with 26 points on nine goals and eight assists. Kuhn has really come on as of late registering two goals and two assists over the Spartans first two CAC tournament games. A three-time All-CAC selection, she is the career leader in goals and points during her four-year Spartan tenure.
Junior forward Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and senior midfielder Emily Sullivan (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) have been key components to the Spartan attack notching seven and five goals respectively. Sullivan has also distributed seven assists this season as she is York’s all-time leader in helpers with 34.
Freshman Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) has provided an added dimension to the Spartan offense during her rookie campaign. The left-footed flank midfielder has scored four goals and recorded three assists. Each of Mergler’s four tallies this season have come against conference opponents.
Last season’s CAC tournament champion Salisbury carries an impressive 14-2-1 mark into the title match. Salisbury’s stellar defensive unit has only allowed nine goals all season recording nine shutouts. Combined with a strong offense that has scored 50 goals in 2007, the Sea Gulls are a formidable opponent for any squad.
Kate Weaver, the CAC’s third-leading scorer, drives the Sea Gull offensive effort registering eleven goals and seven assists in 16 matches. Weaver earned first-team All-CAC honors in 2006 and has proven worthy of another selection this season. Robyn Bishop and Erin Casey have also performed well in the attacking third of the pitch as each has recorded seven goals and one assist.
Goalkeeper Gena Goodson has started 12 of Salisbury’s 16 matches this year earning wins in nine of those contests. She sports an outstanding 0.64 goals against average to go along with an equally impressive .897 save percentage.
The championship winner will advance to the NCAA tournament,
which begins on November 7. Brackets for the tournament will be
published on www.ncaasports.com in the morning of November 5.