Spartans Drop Season Opener at Eastern

ST. DAVIDS, PA – The York College women's soccer squad dropped their 2010 opener, falling at Eastern University 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon in St. Davids, Pa. The Eagles, who fell to the Spartans 4-2 in last year's opener, improve to 1-0 overall while York now stands at 0-1.

The season got off to an auspicious start as Eastern went up 1-0 on a York College own goal in the game's 28th minute. The Spartans kept the Eagles off the board the remainder of the half as they took the 1-0 deficit to the half. The Eagles outshot the Spartans 7-5 in the opening 45 minutes as all 12 shots of the stanza were on target.

The Eagles wasted little time out of the break extending their lead as Kelsey Doutrich notched a goal on a helper off the foot of Tess Beckwith just 29 seconds after the intermission. That tally was followed 14 minutes later with an Allison Inch goal off a feed from Michelle Brown in the 60th minute of the match.

York avoided the shutout as junior Stephanie Rice found Lauren Ward for a goal in the 71st minute, drawing the Spartans to within two goals at 3-1.

Eastern got that goal back in the 84th minute as Beckwith notched her second goal of the game, providing the Eagles with their final three goal margin of victory.

Alysia Goodman earned the win in net for the Eagles as she went the distance, recording eight saves. Junior Sarah Spanarkel started and suffered the loss as he allowed three goals in her 67:07 of action. She registered ten saves for the Green and White. Senior Desiree Halaka played 19:37 in goal and allowed a goal with two stops. Sophomore Katie Meehan played the final 3:16 and made one save for York.

The Eagles outshot the Spartans 20-12 for the match while York held a slight 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

York returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Misericordia to face the Cougars in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.