SALISBURY, Md. – The York College women's soccer team suffered their first Capital Athletic Conference loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to host Salisbury 3-1 in the league tilt. With the loss, the Spartans drop to 4-8 overall and 4-1 in CAC play while the Sea Gulls improve their season mark to 9-3-2 and 5-0 in the conference.
The Spartans jumped out front early with a goal from Lauren Ward. In the fifth minute, a Salisbury defender attempted to clear the ball from the Sea Gull defensive third, but it struck off Ward. The ensuing rebound rolled toward the endline until it finally settled into the back of the Salisbury net. Ward's first tally of the season staked the Green and White to a 1-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls looked to quickly mount the comeback bid as they pressed the Spartans throughout much of the remainder of the first half. Salisbury peppered Spartan goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel with 13 shots in the first half, eleven of which came after Ward's tally.
The senior netminder stood tall, amassing nine total saves in the first 45, until the Sea Gulls broke through on their eleventh shot of the opening frame. Sarah Pfundstein struck her attempt from the right side of the pitch into the left corner, drawing the score level at 1-1.
The second half saw a dramatic decrease in offensive opportunities, yet Salisbury proved able to strike for two more tallies.
In the 71st minute, Pfundstein notched her second of the day, this one off an assist from Katie McMahon. After receiving the pass from McMahon, Pfundstein again struck her shot from the right side into the left corner of the Spartan net, giving her squad the lead a 2-1.
Just 22 seconds later, the Sea Gulls registered their third of the day. Morgan Brasch tallied for the fourth time this season, finishing into the right corner for the game's final score to provide the 3-1 result.
Despite the final tally, Spanarkel put together a strong performance for the Green and White. The senior goalkeeper notched eleven saves for York as she keep the squad within striking distance.
The Spartans will now turn their collective attention to Wednesday's non-conference contest against Gettysburg. Match time from York's Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.
PHOTO: Jena Arnister plays a ball during York's contest at Hood earlier this season. Courtesy of Charlie Covell.