Spartans Run into Dickinson Buzzsaw

   YORK, PA-The York College women’s soccer team saw their season-opening three-game winning streak come to a sudden halt as the Dickinson College Red Devils handed the Spartans a sobering 5-0 setback in Carlisle, PA on a dreary Wednesday evening. The Red Devils stayed red hot as they have outscored their four opponents by a combined score of 21-0 en route to their perfect 4-0 record. The Spartans, who are ranked fifth in the region, fall to 3-1 overall.
    The Red Devils wasted little time in taking the play to the Spartans as they fired off the first three shots of the game before finding the back of the net on their fourth shot just 12:33 into the game. Sarah Montminy picked up the unassisted tally to give the hosts the early lead. Dickinson increased the lead just 1:25 later as Sara White fed Kim Callaghan for the Red Devils’ second tally.
    The hosts continued to pressure the Spartan defense and York broke for a third time in the 23rd minute as Montminy scored her second goal of the day, this time off a pass from Genevieve Olson.
    York didn’t record its first shot until the 37th minute as the Red Devils outshot the Spartans 11-3 in the opening 45 minutes of play.
    The intermission didn’t provide much relief to the Spartans though they did improve their quality of play during the second stanza. Red Devil Sara White pushed the Dickinson lead to 4-0 in the 56th minute with a goal off a feed from Molly Schaefer.
    Credit to the Spartans because the Green and White didn’t quit as they managed four of the next six shots in an attempt to battle to get themselves back into the contest. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards for York as Dickinson put the final nail in the coffin with a fifth goal in the 74th minute off the foot of Laurie Luczak.
    The Spartans did hold a 10-7 edge in second half shots but Red Devil goalie Kailyn Hartmann recorded five second half saves to keep the clean sheet for the hosts. Hartmann played the first 84:17 of the game and recorded six saves while Annie Weichert finished the game and was not forced to make a stop. Sophomore Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) started  and played the first half for York as she surrendered three goals on 11 Red Devil shots. Spanarkel made three saves in her 45 minutes of work. Freshman Katie Meehan (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) made her Spartan debut in the second half and allowed two goals in her 45 minutes in cage. Meehan did not make a save during her stint for York.
    The Red Devils finished the match holding an 18-13 edge in shots, an 8-6 margin in shots on goal and a 7-1 bulge in corner kicks.
    The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Misericordia University in a non-conference contest at Graham Field. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.


Photo: Steph Mergler in action against Hood College (by Scott Guise)