YORK, PA-The York College women’s
soccer squad pushed their win streak to three as the green and
white downed Marymount University 4-0 on a brilliant Friday
afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 7-4-1 overall and 3-1 in
the CAC while the Saints fall to 2-9-1 overall and 0-4 in the
The Spartans got on the board early as senior Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) took a long outlet pass from Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), dribbled to the box and beat Saint goalkeeper Carrie Schneider inside the left post for the goal. The goal came 9:37 into the game.
Stanley tallied the game’s second goal just 25 seconds later as Ali Jones (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) put a beautiful outlet pass on the foot of Stanley who promptly beat Schneider again.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 24th minute as Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) settled the ball outside of the box and then flipped a pass to the foot of freshman Katherine Leyendecker (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) who promptly drove home the goal for her first collegiate tally.
York closed out the first half scoring in the 34th minute as sophomore Carly Bock (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) beat three Marymount defenders and snuck the ball inside the far left post for her second goal of the year.
The Spartans outshot the Saints 22-1 in the first half while they also held a 7-1 bulge in corner kicks.
The second half was much like the first as York continued to apply pressure to the Saint defense. The Spartans looked to push the lead to 5-0 as Stanley struck a ball that bounced off new goalie Sara Horne. Horne scrambled to collect the ball as the sphere trickled across the end line. The ball clearly crossed that end line but the sideline official missed the call and Stanley was robbed of another goal.
Unfortunately for the green and white, Stanley appeared to score again in the 59th minute as she chipped a shot over Horne’s head that as Horne had to retreat into the goal to save the ball. Horne punched the ball out but long after the ball had penetrated the plane of the goal line. Again, the call was missed as Stanley and the Spartans were denied a goal.
The Spartans finished the game with a 34-4 edge in shots including an 18-1 margin in shots on goal. The green and white also held an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Spartans had the opportunity to play all three goal keepers. Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) played the first 31:09 and she earned the win as she did not face a shot in the game. Freshman Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) played the next 35:08 as she made one save in her stint. Senior Meaghan Cahill (Crofton, Md./Arundel) played the final 23:43 and did not have to register a stop.
Schneider was charged with the loss as she allowed four goals on 22 shots in 45 minutes of action. Horne was not charged with any goals allowed as she made eight saves for the Saints in her 45 minutes of work.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday evening as they travel to Gallaudet to face the Bison in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in Washington, DC is set for 7:00 pm.
Jill Stanley photo courtesy of Mike Adams