October 27, 2010

Women's Soccer Send Off Seniors with 3-0 Win

YORK, PA  - The York College women's soccer team sent their nine seniors off in style as the Green and White posted a 3-0 non-conference win over Moravian College in the 2010 regular season finale on Wednesday. The Spartans have now won two straight for just the second time this year as they improve to 7-10-1. The Greyhounds fall to 4-12-2 with the loss.

The first 20 minutes of the game was sluggish on both sides as the teams wrestled for control of the contest. The Spartans finally started to assert control of the game after the opening 20 minutes. York finally got on the board in the 30th minute as senior Ali Jones slid a beautiful pass to fellow senior Allie Jensen. Jensen hit a bomb from outside the box that found the back of the net for her third goal of the year. That goal seemed to loosen the Spartans up as they dominated the remainder of the half.

The Spartans got a big insurance goal just prior to the half as Lauren Fowler hit a corner kick that sophomore Jackie Gibat drilled home as the horn was going off. The goal was Gibat's second of the year and second in as many games.

The Green and White had a big 11-0 advantage in first half shots as they took the 2-0 lead to the break.

York padded the lead to 3-0 in the 60th minute as senior Ally Wivell hit a free kick that senior Erin Mummert captured in the box and headed home for her second goal of the year.

The Spartans held off the Greyhounds in the final 20 minutes of the game as Moravian was playing a player up over the final 25 minutes of the contest. Spartan senior goalie Desiree Halaka was big over that final stretch of the match as she made four saves to preserve the shutout. Her biggest save in the 81st minute as she denied Taylor Disora a goal from point blank range.

Halaka earned her first shutout of the year and the sixth of her career. She finished with four saves in the victory. Genevieve Chaleff suffered the loss as she made five saves in her 90 minutes of work.

York finished the game with a 20-8 edge in total shots including an 8-4 margin in shots on goal. York also had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Nine Spartan seniors were honored prior to the contest as they were playing their final regular season home match. The group of Jones, Jensen, Wivell, Mummert, Halaka, Megan George, Stephanie Mergler, Brittany Nechay, and Carly Bock have combined to post 49 wins over the course of their four year careers.

The Spartans will now prepare for postseason play as they host Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The winner of that game advances to face second seeded Frostburg State in the tournament semifinals on November 2 in Frostburg, Md.