YORK, PA-The York College women’s soccer team posted a 2-0 non-conference victory over DeSales University on a sun-filled Tuesday afternoon at Graham Field. The Spartans improve to 7-2-1 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 1-7-1 for 2007.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the game’s tenth minute as senior Emily Sullivan (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) flipped a through pass to junior Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa/Kennard-Dale). Stanley collected the pass and flipped it by an on-rushing Katie Halpin, the Bulldogs’ goalie, for the goal. The tally was Stanley’s third of the year. York carried the play throughout the first half as they outshot the guests 13-2 but would be unable to find the back of the net again, taking the 1-0 lead to the break. The Spartans had a number of quality chances but the Bulldogs’ off sides trap caused problems for York.
The second half was much of the same as York controlled play only to have scoring chances get wasted by a wide shot or an off sides call. York was whistled for eight offside infractions in the second half. The Spartans were able to put an insurance goal home in the 53rd minute as Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa/Council Rock) drilled a free kick to the far post that Sullivan finished for a green and white goal. The goal was Sullivan’s fifth of the year.
York finished the game holding a 22-9 edge in shots and a slight 4-3 margin in corner kicks.
Freshman Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) earned the shutout in goal as she recorded three saves. Halpin played in 84:29 for the Bulldogs as she notched six saves. Jessica Baker was forced to come in for 5:31 to spell Halpin as DeSales’ starting goalie was forced to the sideline to cover an earring. Baker faced two Spartan shots in her time in net.
York returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they face Salisbury University in a huge Capital Athletic Conference showdown. The Spartans head into the match 3-0 in the league while the Gulls are 2-0 with one conference match prior to the Saturday’s contest. Game time at Graham Field is set for 12:00 pm.