GETTYSBURG, PA – Jill Stanley’s (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) 95th-minute left-footed strike lifted the York College women’s soccer to a 1-0 non-conference overtime victory at Gettysburg Wednesday evening, the Spartans' fifth straight win. Stanley’s team-leading ninth goal of the year pushes York’s record to 9-4-1 while the Bullets drop to 3-5-4 on the season.
Nearly four minutes into the first overtime period, sophomore Ali Jones (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) collected the ball and streaked up the right touchline. Jones served a brilliant driven cross into the Gettysburg 18-yard box where the service skipped, bounced off a Bullet defender and found the left-foot of Stanley. The All-CAC performer promptly tucked home the game-winner inside the left post.
Gettysburg had their best opportunity of the match just three minutes into overtime. After a Bullet corner kick came through the Spartan penalty box, Gettysburg played the subsequent ball back into the middle of the box. An opportunistic attacker knocked her shot toward right-side netting. Fortunately for the Spartans, senior defender Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South), who placed herself on the post for the corner kick, cleared the attempt off the line to preserve the 0-0 score line.
Throughout much of the 90 minutes of regulations, the Spartans controlled the pace of play but were simply unable to score. York looked to get on the board in the 28th minute when sophomore Allie Jensen (Parkville, Md./Parkville) ripped a shot from the left side of the box. Gettysburg goalkeeper Danielle St. Pierre made a fantastic one-handed diving save to her left to keep the green and white at bay until Stanley’s overtime heroics.
York led 11-9 in shots for the game, and took a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
On the season, the Spartans have played in five overtime matches and sport a record of 3-1-1 in those games.
Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) picks up the win in the Spartan net, collecting four saves in her 94:49 of work. St. Pierre notched three stops for the Gettysburg side.
The Spartans travel to St. Mary’s (Md.) on Saturday,
October 18, for a key league match. The CAC tilt is slated for 3:00
Jill Stanley photo courtesy of Steve Doemland