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Spartans Survive Mustangs as York Posts 2-1 Overtime Win

OWINGS MILLS, MD-The York College women’s soccer squad closed out their 2007 Capital Athletic Conference campaign with a 2-1 overtime victory at Villa Julie College in Owings Mills, MD. The Spartans improve to 10-4-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Mustangs fall to 8-8 overall and 3-4 in the CAC.

The Mustangs got on the board first as former Spartan Katie Orlando fed Rose Phelan with a pass. Phelan deposited the ball in the back of the net for the 1-0 Mustang lead. Phelan’s goal came in the 30th minute as the hosts drew first blood. Villa Julie took the 1-0 lead to the break despite the Spartans outshooting them 12-3.

York took little time to tie the game after the intermission. Senior Erin Kuhn (Turnersville, N.J. /Washington Township) found freshman standout Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) open. Kuhn fed Mergler with a pass that the freshman drove home for the game-tying goal just 2:54 into the half. The teams would remained tied throughout the remaining 42:06 of regulation. York held a 12-2 edge in shots but would be unable to get the game-winner in regulation.

The game-winner came 6:48 into the first overtime as Kuhn drilled home her seventh goal of the season after receiving a pass from sophomore Jackie Moser (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point). The victory is the Spartans’ second overtime win of the year as York is now 2-1-2 in extra sessions this year.

Spartan keeper Meagan Cahill (Crofton, Md./Arundel) improved to 7-2-2 with the win in goal as she made one save. Casey Brown finished the contest with 13 saves as she suffered the hard-luck loss as she falls to 8-7.

The Spartans finished the game outshooting the Mustangs 26-5 while they also held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

The win guarantees the Spartans at least the second seed in the upcoming CAC tournament. The Spartans are currently a half a game ahead of Salisbury but the Sea Gulls face Hood on Saturday. A win by the Gulls give them an identical 7-1 mark. Salisbury defeated the Spartans 2-1 earlier in the year so the Gulls earn the head-to-head tiebreaker. A Salisbury loss would give the Spartans the outright regular season title and the top seed in the tournament.

York returns to action on Monday, October 22 when they travel to Eastern College. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.

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