Spartans Defeat Widener 6-0 in Season-Opener

Spartans Defeat Widener 6-0 in Season-Opener

BRIDGEWATER, VA-York College women's soccer easily took care of Widener 6-0 on Saturday in the opening round of the Bridgewater College Tournament.  Four second half goals catapulted the Spartans to the season-opening victory. The Spartan, who are ranked 25th in the nation, are now 1-0 while Widener is 0-1.

The green and white got on the board early as Emily Sullivan (Bowie, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) notched her first goal of the season.  Assisted by Kali MacGregor (Rockville, Md. / Academy of the Holy Cross), the CAC first-team selection put the Spartans up 1-0 in the eighth minute.   

York extended their lead just before halftime as Jenna Knaper (Red Lion, Pa. / Red Lion) connected with Ilana Kline (Camp Hill, Pa. / Camp Hill) for the Spartans' second tally. Kline's first career goal gave her team a two goal lead heading into the break. 

Although the 2-0 halftime lead would prove to be enough for the victory, the Spartan offense was not satisfied.  In the 49th minute, Erin Kuhn (Turnersville, N.J. / Washington Township) found the back of Widener's net.  Kaitlyn Harney (Stewartstown, Pa. / York Catholic) assisted on Kuhn's first score of the season which put the Spartans up 3-0.

Four minutes later, Kuhn recorded her second tally of the match this time assisted by Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa. / Kennard-Dale).

MacGregor put the green and white up by five in the 65th minute.  Taking a pass from Kayla Denmyer (New Freedom, Pa. / Kennard-Dale), the all-CAC second teamer buried her shot past the Pride keeper Rochele Jacobs.

The scoring was capped off in the 70th minute, when Sullivan fed Erin Mummert (Spring Grove, Pa. / Spring Grove) for the Spartans sixth goal of the afternoon.

York dominated play throughout the match tallying 19 shots to Widener's three.  The green and white also led in corner kicks 6-2.

Kristy Catelli (Allentown, N.J. / Allentown) went the distance in net for the Spartans to record a shutout in her first start as a Spartan.

For the Pride, Alee Gunter and Jacobs shared the goalkeeping duties.  The pair turned away seven Spartans attempts, as Gunter had four saves and Jacobs three.

The Spartans play McDaniel Sunday in their second match of the Bridgewater Tournament.