Blue Jays Bounce Spartans in Regional Clash
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – On a crisp, cool evening in southern Pennsylvania, the York College women’s soccer team came out on the short end of a 2-0 score line against host Elizabethtown. The loss drops the Spartans to 3-2-1 on the season while the Blue Jays improve to 3-2-1.
Midway through the first frame, the green and white looked to get on the board first as senior captain Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) snapped a well-struck header off a Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South) corner. The ball rifled toward the low left corner of the Blue Jay net but was halted by goalkeeper AngelaFreeland who made a brilliant diving save to her right, preserving the 0-0 score.
In the 34th minute, Elizabethtown was able to strike first as a Spartan foul gave the Blue Jays a free kick only 25 yards from goal. Brooke Dotterer ripped a gorgeous right-footed shot that pierced through the cool night air before finding its way to left-side netting of the Spartan goal. Dotterer’s third score of the season gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 advantage.
After the halftime break, Elizabethtown stretched their lead to two in the 57th minute of play. Dotterer slipped a through ball to an on-running Jenna Russo giving her a 1v1 opportunity on Spartan goalkeeper Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton). Russo promptly capitalized on the chance, scoring her attempt high to the near post.
With the lead at 2-0 the Spartans pressed for a score but were simply unable to break the Blue Jay’s back line. York settled for several harmless long attempts that each went for naught.
For the contest, Elizabethtown led 11-9 in shots and held a 5-3
edge in corner kicks.
Freeland takes the win in the Blue Jay net as she made a trio of saves. Halaka takes the loss despite making five saves and cutting off numerous crosses.
The Spartans will look to right the ship on Saturday as they
host Mary Washington at Graham Field. The Capital Athletic
Conference showdown is slated for 1:00 pm.