September 18, 2012

Women's Soccer Cruises Past Penn State Harrisburg

YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team put together a solid effort to record a 3-0 win over Penn State Harrisburg on a rainy and humid Tuesday afternoon in York.

The Spartans improve to 3-1-3 overall while the Lions fall to 2-3.

The Lions opened the game by hitting the Spartans with an off-sides trap that resulted in the Spartans being whistled for the infraction number of times in the first half. The strategy appeared to frustrate a more talented Spartan squad but the Green and White became more patient as the half wore on before finally using that patience to create a number of quality first half opportunities.

The Spartans got on the board in the game's 19th minute as Elizabeth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) corralled a loose ball outside the box and beat an on-rushing Lion goal keeper Mackenzie Gates for the goal. The tally is Bunn's second of the year.

The Green and White struck for a second goal just 39 seconds later as junior captain Dale Mason (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) drove the ball down the right sideline, drawing a Lion defender before she deftly slid a pass across the box to a wide open Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) who finished the one-timer for the 2-0 Spartan lead. The goal was Sokolis' second of the season.

The Spartans continued to pepper Gates but the Lion goalie played well. The Lions had their most dangerous chance in the 31st minute as Kara Hoy took a free kick from about 22 yards out. Her shot went right to Spartan goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) who made the save to preserve the shutout.

York continued their second half offensive pressure as they continued to spend a majority of the game in their offensive half of the field.

The Spartans tacked on their third and final goal when senior Jena Arnister (Water Mill, N.Y./Southampton) collected the ball at midfield, beat a Lion defender and sprinted into the box where she fired a shot past Gates for the goal. It was Arnister's first goal of the year.

The Green and White finished the game holding a 25-3 margin in total shots and a 14-2 bulge in shots on goal. The Spartans had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks for the match. York has now outscored their two opponents at home by a combined 13-0.

Glessner earned her fifth shutout of the year as she recorded two saves. Glessner's scoreless streak now stands at 275:35 dating back to the Dickinson game when she surrendered her lone goal of the year. Glessner lowered her goals against average to 0.14 as she has allowed just one goal in 645 of work.

Gates was solid for the Lions as she recorded 11 saves in her 90 minutes of goal.

Today's match kicks off a five-match home stand that continues on Saturday when they host Marymount in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm at Graham Field. 

Elizabeth Bunn photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications