Spartans Dominate Play but Fall to Stevenson in Overtime
YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team suffered a hard-to-swallow 1-0 overtime loss to Stevenson University in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both squads. The Mustangs improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 0-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The final score was not even close to being indicative of the Spartans' play during the day. They held the high-powered Stevenson offense in check the entire contest until Mackenzie Calhoun found the back of the net with 6:51 remaining in the first overtime. Reigning CAC Player of the Year Stephanie Eyler earned the assist on the game-winner as the Mustangs captured a win on a day when they were not the better team on the pitch.
The Spartans outshot the Mustangs 8-1 in the opening 45 minutes of play. The Green and White missed the goal high on four of those first half shots as their accuracy continues to hamper them early in 2010. The Spartans had a golden chance in the 30th minute as Stephanie Rice had a shot that just missed hitting the far right post as the game went to the break scoreless.
If York dominated the first half, the second half was even more impressive as the Spartans outshot the Mustangs 12-3 including a 15 minute barrage in which they had seven shots including a Lauren Ward attempt in the 56th minute that sailed just wide of the left post. Ward had another chance just a minute later as Stephanie Mergler gave her a great pass. Again, Ward's attempt again sailed just wide.
The Mustangs' Kayla Curry kept the Spartans off the board in the 79th minute as she cleared a Rice shot off the line after the Spartan junior beat the Mustang defense for what looked like an open shot on goal. Curry's heroics eventually allowed the visitors to capture the win.
The Spartans' final gasp in regulation came when Carly Bock's shot from the top of the box just went wide right as the Green and White couldn't get on the board for the second straight contest.
Calhoun registered the game-winner when Eyler, for the first time in the game, was able to make a play at the top of the box. Eyler fed Calhoun and the freshman made her first goal a memorable one as she beat Spartan goalie Sarah Spanarkel to the far right post for the golden tally. The Spartan defense did an outstanding job all day of containing one of the most dangerous players in the CAC as Eyler was held without a goal against York for the first time in the last three meetings between the two teams.
The Green and White ended the game holding a 20-5 bulge in shots and a 6-3 edge in shots in goal though that total doesn't give a true indication of the Spartans' domination in the contest. A number of Spartan attempts just missed being on target as the number of quality chances were numerous throughout the contest. York had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks while Stevenson registered 14 fouls to 11 for the hosts.
Brittany Ross secured the shutout for the Mustangs as she made five saves in notching the clean sheet. Spanarkel played well as she recorded two stops in her 93:09 of work.
The win is the Mustangs' fourth straight over the Spartans as Stevenson now leads the all-time series 7-6.
York looks to break into the win column on Wednesday when they host Dickinson College in a non-conference contest at Graham Field. Kick off is slated for 4:30 pm.