Late Goals, Spanarkel Lift York to Senior Day Triumph
YORK, Pa. – Jena Arnister's 96th-minute tally lifted the York College women's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime victory against visiting Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon in York. Celebrating senior day prior to the contest, the Capital Athletic Conference win moves the Spartans to 5-9 overall and 5-1 in the CAC while the Eagles drop to 7-4-2 and 2-3-1 in the league.
Jordan Snook was instrumental in Arnister's game-winner in the first extra frame as the sophomore forward provided a quality service from the left side of the field. Arnister was in the right place at the right time as she finished the ball inside the left post to notch the game-winning score. Arnister's first tally this season proved an important one for the Green and White as they pick up their fifth conference triumph.
Arnister's attempt would not have even had the chance to occur however, if not for Snook's late-game heroics. With the Spartans down 1-0 and just over one minute remaining in regulation, Snook drew the score level with her sixth goal of the season. Starting from the left side of the pitch, the Spartans switched it to sophomore right back Dale Mason as Mason fed in a ball to Snook at the top of the Eagle 18-yard box. The sophomore turned, beating the Mary Washington defense and getting into an area where she could have a chance on goal. That attempt proved fruitful as Snook put her shot into the left side to tie the score at 1-1 with just 1:04 remaining and eventually push the match into overtime.
Aside from York's tremendous late-game heroics offensively, senior goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel put together an excellent showing between the pipes. Spanarkel made two brilliant saves on the day, including one in the overtime period. In the 48th-minute, with the score still knotted at 0-0, Mary Washington's Tina Rader knocked a wide-open shot from the top of the box that looked destined for the lower right side of the York goal. In stunning fashion, Spanarkel laid out in a full-stretch dive to her left on the low attempt, not only making the save but holding onto the ball. In overtime, less than a minute before Arnister's game-winner, Spanarkel again proved up to the task. The Eagles played a dangerous free kick, which was awarded just ten yards from the end line outside the box on the right side of the field, as Karen Strat eventually put a boot to the ball. Saving the ball and the game, Spanarkel posted another diving stop, holding the shot yet again as her effort allowed the Spartans to win the match shortly after.
After a scoreless first half, Mary Washington took the lead in the 55th-minute. On a slight break, Excy Herrera put a shot by Spanarkel as she was coming to cut off the angle. Herrera's attempt clanged off the left post and back into the middle of the box where Kelsey Carter cleaned up the ricochet for the game's first score.
For the match, the Spartans outshot their guests 18-15 while also owning a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.
Including her two brilliant saves, Spanarkel posted a total of four stops on the day. Her Eagle counterpart Tina Brehm recorded five saves for Mary Washington.
The Spartans are slated to return to action on Wednesday, October 19, when they play host to CAC foe Frostburg St. Game time is slated for 3:00 pm.
Spartan seniors (left to right) Lauren Ward, Lacey Phillips, Emily Cook, Sarah Spanarkel, Kathryn Leyendecker, and Stephanie Rice pose for a photo prior to their Senior Day match against Mary Washington. Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) athletic communication student-photographer.