#1 Messiah Too Much to Handle for Spartans

#1 Messiah Too Much to Handle for Spartans

GRANTHAM, PA – The York College women’s soccer team dropped a 7-1 decision to #1 ranked Messiah College in a non-conference contest in Grantham, PA on Wednesday evening. The Falcons improve to 9-0-1 while the Green and White fall to 7-2-1.

After the Falcons opened the game with a pair of shots, the Spartans earned a corner kick 3:12 into the game. Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) took the corner kick and found the head of freshman Kat Sipes (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) who drove the header home for the game’s first goal, giving the Spartans the very early lead.

That lead lasted exactly 4:49 as the Falcons’ Erin Hench received a pass from Amy Horst and drilled the ball inside the left post. The Falcons took the lead for good 1:09 later as Amanda Naeher received a pass from Hench and hit a near post shot that Spartan netminder Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) couldn’t keep a handle on as the Falcons took the 2-1 lead.

The Falcons added to the lead with three more first half goals as Naeher completed the natural hat trick with a goal in the 18th minute and a third in the 29th minute.  Olivia Scott closed out the first half scoring with a goal in the 30th minute, giving the Falcons a 5-1 halftime advantage.

The hosts completed the scoring with a pair of second half goals from Leah Sipe and Tannia Nieto.

The Falcons outshot the Spartans 25-2 including 15-2 in shots on goal. Messiah also held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

Autumn Reilly earned the win in goal as she allowed a goal in her 67:51 of work. Shalisa Brubaker registered one stop in her 22:09 in between the pipes.

Spanarkel made five saves in her 45 minutes of action while Desiree Halaka (Southampton , N.Y./Southampton) had three stops in her 45 minutes in goal.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, October 6 when they host Franklin & Marshall in a non-conference contest at Graham Field. Game time is set for 4:30 pm.


Kat Sipes photo courtesy of Scott Guise