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Jones Lifts Spartans Over Cardinals, 2-1, in OT
WASHINGTON, DC – For the second time in two games the York College women’s soccer team captured a 2-1 overtime victory, this time against Catholic University in Washington, DC Wednesday evening. The Spartans improve to 6-4-1 while the Cardinals fall to 4-5-1 on the season.
Merely 4:11 into overtime, sophomore forward Ali Jones (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) tallied her third goal of the season to give her squad the 2-1 victory. Junior midfielder Kaitlyn Harney (Stewartstown, Pa./York Catholic) struck a shot from the right flank that seemed destined for pay dirt. As it flew over the head of Catholic’s goalkeeper, the ball clanged off the crossbar and ricocheted to just off the left corner of the goal. An alert Jones quickly corralled the loose ball and chipped her shot back across the face of goal with just enough to dip it into the far right netting.
During regulation, the green and white struck first with a goal from senior forward Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) in the game’s 55th minute. Junior Lauren Stewart (West River, Md./Southern), who played an excellent match in the Spartans’ defensive midfield, found Stephanie Rice (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) on the left flank. Rice touched the ball around a Cardinal defender before slotting a pass to an on-running Stanley. The senior All-CAC performer cranked a ripper that bored into the back of Catholic’s net.
The Cardinals’ would answer just over four minutes later on a penalty kick from Diana Spadaro. The penalty occurred after Catholic lofted a cross from their right side into the Spartan box. As players jockeyed for position, one Cardinal took a spill resulting in the referee awarding the penalty kick. Spadaro would convert the attempt to tie the game at one.
Despite the Spartans owning the better of the play for most of the second frame, regulation would end with both sides tied at one, before Jones’ game-winner in overtime.
For the match, York took a commanding 16-6 lead in shots while they also grabbed a 6-4margin in corners. Junior Katherine Torode (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) played a spectacular match for the Spartans, controlling the offensive central midfield. The defensive unit of Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South), Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Ally Wivell (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin), and Jackie Moser (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) thwarted numerous Cardinal attacks and squelched several opportunities before they became dangerous.
Sophomore goalkeeper Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) takes the win in the Spartan net, collecting four saves. Halaka played a superb match cutting off through-ball after through-ball, as the Cardinals attempted to go over the top of the Spartan defense. Tere Rossi put on a solid performance for Catholic making several athletic saves as she recorded six stops.
York returns home on Friday, October 10, for a Capital Athletic Conference match against Marymount. The CAC tilt is slated for 4:00 pm.
Ali Jones photo courtesy of Scott Guise