Spartans Capture 3-0 Victory in First CAC Contest of 2008

Spartans Capture 3-0 Victory in First CAC Contest of 2008

YORK, PA – The York College women’s soccer team grabbed their second win of the 2008 campaign Wednesday evening with a 3-0 home victory over Hood. The Spartans first Capital Athletic Conference game of the season proved fruitful as the green and white move to 2-0-1 (1-0 CAC), while the Blazers fall to 0-3 (0-1 CAC).

As has been the case for their previous pair of contests, the Spartans opened the game and spent much of the first stanza controlling the pace of play. York possessed well and spent a majority of the first 45 minutes in Hood’s half of the pitch. However, the Spartans were unable to break through the Blazer backline for a score.

Freshman striker Lacey Phillips (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Senior) finally snapped the deadlock in the 43rd minute of action. Sophomore Carly Bock (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) dribbled to the Blazer end line and slip a beautiful pass to an open Phillips. The freshman then swiftly slotted home her first career score off the inside of the far left post. Phillips’ score sent the Spartans into the break with a slight 1-0 advantage.

Despite only scoring once in the frame, the green and white outshot their opponents by a significant 13-0 margin and held a 2-1 edge in corners.

The second stanza started off more as of the same, with the Spartans continuing to dominate the action but simply unable to score. Sophomore Erin Mummert (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) looked to change the scoring woes in the 76th minute when she hit a hard strike over Hood goalkeeper Rachelle Buhrman. The ball looked destined for the back of the net, but clanged off the crossbar, leaving the score line at 1-0.

Only six minutes later, the Spartans broke through for their second tally of the match. Senior captain Caitlin Allen (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South) struck a beautiful corner kick from the left side of the field for an on-running Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale). Stanley, an All-CAC forward, headed home the corner for the first goal of her senior campaign.

Less than one minute later, Allen and Stanley combined once again to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage. Allen played a strong service into Stanley who knocked home the far post score for her second of the game.

In total, the Spartans recorded 27 shots, while York’s defense only allowed Hood two attempts. York also held a 7-1 bulge in corner kicks.

Sophomore Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) picked up the win in the Spartan net as she made one save. Freshman Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) finished off the clean sheet, playing the game’s final five minutes. Hood’s Buhrman played a great match making 13 saves and keeping her squad close for much of the contest.

The Spartans hit the road for their next contest as they travel to Rowan on Saturday, September 6, for a 7 pm contest.


Photograph courtesy of Steve Doemland