YORK, PA- On a picture-perfect late-summer evening, the York College women’s soccer team battled visiting Elizabethtown to a 0-0 draw. The scoreless tie leaves the Spartans with a 5-2-1 record (2-0 CAC) while Elizabethtown sits at 5-1-1 for the season.
Back-and-forth play was the theme of the match as both teams had numerous opportunities on goal. Even with all theses chances, neither side was able to break through. At the half, both teams had registered five shots apiece. Spartan goalkeeper Meagan Cahill (Arundel, Md. / Crofton) came up with three saves in the period, while her counterpart Angela Freeland also turned away three attempts.
Coming out an inspired group, York controlled play in the opening minutes of the second stanza recording three shots and two corners within ten minutes. Unfortunately for the green and white, Freeland and the Blue Jay defense never broke and the score remained at zero.
Both sides created dangerous chances throughout the rest of the half including Elizabethtown’s Jenna Russo rattling the crossbar in the 59th minute. Erin Scott’s 60th minute attempt appeared destined for the back of the Spartan net but rung off the far left post. In a frantic push for the game-winning tally, the Blue Jays heavily pressured the Spartan backline in the final five minutes. The intense offensive pressure left the door open for a York counter-attack and with under ten seconds remaining Emily Sullivan (Bowie, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) was able to get behind the Elizabethtown defense. There would be overtime however, as Sullivan’s shot sailed outside the left post.
In the two overtime periods, the Blue Jays recorded the only two attempts at net.
For the game, the Spartans tallied eleven shots and eight corner kicks. Elizabethtown registered 16 shots but could only manage five corners.
Cahill and Freeland played well in net earning the clean sheets with eight and six saves respectively.
The Spartans travel to Mary Washington on Saturday for their third CAC match of the year. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.