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Spartans Dominate in Crucial CAC Triumph
YORK, Pa. – The York College women's soccer team picked up a huge Capital Athletic Conference win Tuesday, 3-1 over Marymount (Va.) University at Graham Field. The Spartans improve to 5-8-1 overall and 5-2 in conference action while the Saints fall to 4-7 and 2-4 in the CAC.
The Green and White came out firing in the first half of play, recording 13 shots and sending one them to paydirt. Spartan senior Erin Mummert tallied her first goal of the season when she knocked in a rebound in the game's 30th minute. After a shot from teammate Lacey Phillips deflected off the hands of Marymount goalkeeper Gabriella Prellezo, the senior forward alertly finished off the Spartans first goal of the gorgeous October afternoon.
York continued their dominance in the second half when junior forward Lauren Ward knocked in another deflected shot in the match's 49th minute. Senior forward Ali Jones took a shot that Prellezo was unable to hang onto as Ward promptly hammered home the Green and White's second to go up 2-0.
Later, in the 86th minute, the Spartans would find the back of the net for a third time. A well-placed corner kick from Lauren Fowler skimmed off the head of a Marymount defender. Megan Arthur knocks in the loose ball out of mid-air for her first goal of the season.
Marymount spoiled York's bid for a clean sheet in the 88th minute, but it would prove too little too late for the Saints. Stephanie Flood connected with Paige Pierson who finished into the left side of the Spartan goal for their team's only goal. Pierson, Marymount's top goal scorer, recorded her 13th goal of the season on the play.
Sarah Spanarkel picks up the win as she registered three saves and no goals allowed in her 73 minutes of play. Sophomore Katie Meehan relieved Spanarkel and played the final 16:55 for the Green and White. Prellezo takes the loss as she amassed a total of 12 saves but, also relinquished three goals along the way.
The Spartans outshot the Saints 25-5 and dominated the corner kicks with a margin of 9-3.
The Green and White return to action on Thursday, October 14 as the women travel to non-conference neighbor Gettysburg. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.
Game story written by Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communications practicum student