YORK, PA – On senior day at Graham Field, the York College women’s soccer team picked up a crucial 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory over visiting Wesley College. With the win, the Spartans remain in the running for the top overall seed heading into next week’s conference tournament.
The Spartans (13-4-1, 6-1-1 CAC) tallied the game winner in the 55th minute. On the right side of the field, senior Kaitlyn Harney (Stewartstown, Pa./York Catholic) collected a pass from fellow senior Kat Torode (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) calmly settling the ball at her feet and allowing York’s attackers to run into the box. Harney served the ball into the Wolverine box, but it was initially caught by Wesley (6-10, 2-5 CAC) goalkeeper Sydney Kahan. However, the slick conditions made the service difficult to handle as the ball fell to the turf. Hard-working forward Erin Mummert (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) proved in the right place at the right time as she quickly poked in the loose ball for her second goal of the year and more importantly the only goal of the match.
The Spartans best chance aside from Mummert’s tally, came from the foot of Steph Mergler (Street, Md./North Harford) in the 66th minute. Mergler initially served a corner kick from the right side of the field before swiftly sprinting into the Wolverine penalty area. Again a Spartan proved in the right place at the right time as a loose ball popped to Mergler’s foot. The left-footed forward struck a rocket toward Wesley’s near post. In a display of quick reflexes, Kahan knocked away the rifled attempt keeping the score at 1-0.
Despite several nervous minutes for the Green and White late in the match as the Wolverines pushed for the tying score, the Spartans were able to finish off the 90 minutes with the clean sheet and collect their sixth conference win of the season.
For the game, York led their guests 12-5 in shots as the Spartans did not allow a single shot on-goal. The hosts also held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) picks up the victory manning the pipes for the game’s first 76:46. Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) relieved Sparnarkel in the 77th minute, finishing the final 13:14 and the shutout. Kahan takes the loss despite making seven stops for the Wolverines.
Prior to the match, the Spartans recognized their five seniors. Torode, Harney, Meghan Rowland (Glen Burnie, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Lauren Stewart (West River, Md./Southern), and Jackie Moser (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) have been apart of some of the best four years of Spartan soccer. Over the past four seasons, the Green and White have accumulated a 53-21-8 record, including a stellar 23-6-1 in conference play. In 2007, this class helped the Spartans to their first CAC tournament title and a berth into the NCAA tournament where they reached the Sweet 16.
The Spartans complete their 2009 regular season slate on Wednesday, October 28. York travels to Moravian for a 3:30 pm non-conference tilt.
Photo of York's five seniors (left to right: Meghan Rowland, Jackie Moser, Lauren Stewart, Kat Torode, Kaitlyn Harney) courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (http://zachclabaugh.smugmug.com)