Spartans Use Team Effort to Blank Bison

Spartans Use Team Effort to Blank Bison

YORK, PA – The York College women’s soccer team received a balanced team effort as they cruised past Gallaudet University 8-0 in a Capital Athletic Conference contest from Graham Field on Tuesday. The Spartans received goals from seven different players en route to their 11th win of the season.York now stands at 11-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the CAC while the Bison fall to 5-9-1 overall and 0-6 in the league.

The Spartans wasted little time in opening the scoring as Erin Mummert (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) fed a long throw in to the box and freshman Kat Sipes (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) headed the ball home for the goal. The tally just came 33 seconds into the game.

Mummert had a hand in the Spartans’ second goal when she slid a pass to Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) who banged the ball top shelf off Bison keeper’s Kara Gulvas’s hands for the 2-0 York lead.

The Green and White struck again just 2:12 later as Stephanie Rice (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) buried a shot inside the right post for the 3-0 York lead.

The Spartans received three more first half goals as Ali Jones (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Kathryn Leyendecker (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), and Meghan Rowland (Glen Burnie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each scored in the opening 45 minutes of play as the Spartans took the 6-0 lead to the break.

The second half featured less scoring as the Spartans worked to maintain possession and keep the play in the middle of the pitch. The Spartans did get two second half strikes as Lauren Ward (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and Jones notched the goals. Ward’s goal was her first of the year and came in the 51st minute while the Jones tally was her seventh of the campaign and came in the 54th minute.

For the match, Jones finished with two goals and four points while Ward added a goal and an assist. Mummert had a pair of helpers for York as ten Spartans found the scoring column for the match.

York finished the match holding a 29-2 margin in shots including a 17-1 edge in shots on goal. The Bison’s best chance to score came in the 81st minute as Shaquana McDonough ripped a shot from 35 yards out that cleared the Spartan defense and hit squarely on the cross bar before bounding harmlessly back into the field of play.

Junior Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) started the game in goal for York and made one save in her 45 minutes of action. Freshman Katie Meehan (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) played the final 45 minutes and was not forced to make a stop in the game.

Gulvas played the opening 30:28 for the Bison before being replaced by Casey McCullough for the final 59:32 of the game. Gulvas made six saves and allowed six goals while McCullough had three saves and allowed two goals.

The game ends the Spartans/Bison series as Capital Athletic Conference opponents. The Spartans are 11-0 all time against Gallaudet as they have outscored the Bison 105-2. Gallaudet is leaving the Capital Athletic Conference at the end of the 2009-10 academic year to join the North East Athletic Conference. York has not allowed a goal to the Bison since the Spartans’ 5-1 win in 2002.

The Spartans return to action on Thursday afternoon when they host Gettysburg College in a non-conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is set for 4:00 pm.


Spartan photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh