Macgregor's Header Lifts Spartans To Dramatic CAC Quarterfinal Win

Macgregor's Header Lifts Spartans To Dramatic CAC Quarterfinal Win

YORK, PA - Senior captain Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md/Academy of the Holy Cross) propelled the York College women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over University of Mary Washington in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Spartans improve to 11-6-1 while the Eagles fall to 8-6-5.
    With the match tied at one and seemingly destined for overtime, sophomore Ali Jones (Riva, Md/Archbishop Spalding) fired off a shot which deflected off an Eagle defender for a corner kick.
    On the ensuing corner, senior defender Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa/Council Rock South) served in a perfect ball which Macgregor timely headed into the back of the net to give the Spartans their first lead of the match and the game-winner.
The Spartans fell behind early as the Eagles were able to find the net just a mere 11 minutes into the contest. The Eagles were awarded a corner kick where they played a short ball to Lauren Harkness. The Eagle defender promptly played the ball to the far post where Kate Parvin was able to head the ball over the outstretched arms of freshman goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel. (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North)
    The score would remain in favor of the visitors for the rest of the half as both teams created scoring opportunities but no one was able to find the back of the net. York held an advantage in shots 5-4 while Mary Washington held a corner kick advantage of 2-1.
    The Spartans came out energized in the second half creating great opportunities early in the second half. Just five minutes into the period sophomore Steph Mergler (Street, Md/North Hartford) tallied the equalizer after she collected a ball at the top of the 18-yard box, made a move left creating separation and fired a shot inside the far post.
    The Spartans and Eagles would continue to create chances for the remainder of the game, with Macgregor notching the game-winner.
    Spanarkel records her second victory of the season, recording one save. Laura McCarthy takes the loss for the Eagles registering five saves in 90 minutes of action.
    The Spartans will head to Salisbury, Md. this Tuesday to take on the Sea Gulls of Salisbury University in the CAC semi-finals. Game time has yet to be determined, please check for official game time.


Photo: #18 Kali Macgregor heads home the game winner for the green and white.

Game story written by Jon Nolan, Sports Information Student Intern