October 24, 2007

Spartans and Cardinals Score Late in 1-1 Draw

YORK, PA - The York College women's soccer team concluded their 2007 regular season with a 1-1 draw with visiting Catholic University.  The tie moves the Spartans' record to 10-5-3 (6-1 CAC) on the season, while the Cardinals now sport a record of 9-2-4.

After an uneventful first half of play, both sides went into the break scoreless.  York led 5-3 in shots while Catholic held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Coming out an inspired group, the green and white controlled much of the play during the second 45 minutes.  It looked as if the Spartans would take the 1-0 lead in the 74th minute of action when Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock) hit a strike that flew towards the Cardinal net.  Goalkeeper Tere Rossi, who played extremely well throughout the match, made a diving save to her right knocking the ball away from danger and keeping the Spartans off the board.

With only 1:44 left in regulation, York finally broke through for the game's first tally.  An errant Catholic goal kick allowed Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Stewartstown) to collect the ball just outside the penalty box.  The junior forward dribbled to the goal and beat Rossi for her sixth goal of the season, putting the Spartans up 1-0.   

Unfortunately for the home squad, Catholic made one last charge in a desperate attempt to tie the score.  A Cardinal corner kick with less than 30 seconds to play bounced out to Rossi who had pushed up to mid-field.  Rossi quickly played the ball back into Catholic's attacking third where she found an awaiting Sara Cooke.  The senior forward received the pass and promptly recorded the equalizer sending the match into overtime.

The Spartans had several opportunities to secure the victory in the pair of extra frames but were simply unable to finish. 

For the match, York owned a 22-5 bulge in shots including a 14-1 advantage in the second stanza.  Corner kicks also went in favor of the Spartans, 10-4. 

Meagan Cahill (Crofton, Md./Arundel) made two saves in her 110 minutes of work.  Rossi notched nine stops and snuffed out numerous Spartan attacks to keep her squad in the match.

The Spartans return to action on Sunday to host the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.  York currently holds the second seed in the conference playoffs.  The opponent and game time will be announced later in the week.  Please visit www.ycpspartans.com for updates.

GAME BOX