ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College women's soccer team battled St. Mary's to a 0-0 tie Saturday afternoon in their first CAC matchup of the season. Despite both teams getting opportunities to capture the win, neither seemed to be able to finish. With the tie the Spartans are now 2-3-3 and 0-0-1 in the CAC, while the Seahawks are 2-2-1 and 0-0-1 in conference play as well.
The Spartans came out strong in the first half, but could not seem to execute on any of their opportunities. The defense only allowed only two shots with zero on goal during the first 35 minutes.
Starting the second half the Green and White played strong again, getting three shots off in the first four minutes. The Spartans actually scored at 27:43 on a shot from Kayla Kovalsky (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), but the goal was called back because of a heartbreaking offside call. The Seahawks tried to capitalize after the disallowed goal, but they too were not able to finish. The offside call seemed to dampen the mood for the Spartans.
Going into overtime the advantage was with the Seahawks. St. Mary's outshot the Spartans, but thanks to the Spartans defense and saves by Chelsea McDowell (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) and Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) a second overtime was forced.
Once again both teams had opportunities in the closing minutes of the game, but neither could put the ball in the net. York finished the game with a 16-12 advantage in shots and a slim 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, Spartan Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) made three saves and Seahawk Kelsey Wirtz recorded four saves.
The Green and White return to action at home on Tuesday at 4:00 pm against Penn St. Harrisburg.