September 12, 2009

Spartans Grind Out 2-0 Win over Misericordia

YORK, Pa. – In an unconventional style, Carly Bock (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) was able to place one in the net as her shot gave York College the momentum they would need, going on to beat Misericordia 2-0 on a rainy afternoon at Graham Field.

Bock curved a corner kick from the left side during the 55th minute, lofting her shot over the Cougar defense and managing to have just enough of the ball cross the plane as she picked up her second goal of the season and advanced her team’s record to 4-1 on the year.

York had numerous other opportunities throughout the match on corner kicks, outscoring Misericordia in that category 14-2, but they were only able to make good on one of their chances.

During the first half of the match neither team were able to get much of anything going, posting limited threats on goal. The Spartans had a few opportunities where they were able to get some solid crosses into the box, but each time the ball came trickling out the opposite side as they failed to get strikes on target.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) did have two of her three saves during the first half, capturing the win for the Spartans as she teamed with a strong defensive effort to post a shutout.

The Green and White did not have as many quality scoring opportunities as they would have liked, but they were able to make the most of the situations they were given. Junior Ali Jones (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) crossed a ball in from the right side, allowing senior Kat Torode (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) to poke one home during a brief scrum in front of the net at the 81st minute, giving the senior her first goal of the season. With Jones’ assist, she advanced her team lead in points to nine on the season.

The Spartans held most of the possession during the second half, finishing the game with a total of 17 shots compared to the Cougars' six. Bock finished the game with three shots on goal while Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) finished with two, the only Spartans to record multiple attempts.

The York College women’s soccer team will next travel to Gwynedd Valley where they will take on the Gwynedd-Mercy Griffins on September 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Story written by Matt Clark - Sports Information Student Intern

GAME BOX

Photo: Kat Torode fights off a Misericordia player for the ball. Photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)