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Sipes' Goal Lifts Spartans Over Bobcats
FROSTBURG, MD – The York College women's soccer squad made their first meeting with Frostburg State a memorable one as sophomore captain Kat Sipes notched the game-winning goal in the 76th minute, lifting the Spartans to a 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference win at FSU on Saturday.
The Spartans, who have won four straight CAC games, improve to 4-6-1 overall and 4-1 in the league while the Bobcats suffer just their second loss, falling to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Sipes notched the game winner off a Stephanie Mergler corner kick at the 76:07 mark. Mergler hit the ball to Sipes who deposited her fourth goal of the year into the upper left netting off Bobcat goalie Kristin Prochniak. Sipes has recorded all four of her goals in the last three Spartan contests as the sophomore has moved to the central midfield where she is converting her scoring opportunities.
The Bobcats got on the board first in the opening 45 minutes. Lauren Russell fed Amanda Wharton for a chip shot goal over the head of Spartan netminder Sarah Spanarkel. Wharton's shot found the upper right 90 with 17:25 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans answered with an Allie Jensen unassisted goal from 15 yards out just 6:10 later. Jensen's shot caromed off the cross bar before catching the back of the net for the equalizer just before the half.
The Bobcats pressured the Spartans in the second half but Spanarkel and the defense were up to the task as the Green and White kept Frostburg off the board, allowing for Sipes' heroics.
Frostburg outshot the Spartans 16-7 including 8-3 in the second half. The Bobcats had six shots on goal to three for York while the Green and White held a slight 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
Spanarkel earned the win as she recorded five saves in her 90 minutes of work while Prochniak was credited with one save in the loss.
The Spartans travel to Franklin & Marshall for a non-conference contest on Wednesday. York will be looking for their fourth win in their last five matches and their first non-conference win of the year. Game time in Lancaster is slated for 4:30 pm.