SCRANTON, PA - The York College Spartans got another stellar defensive effort as they blanked Marywood 1-0 in the opening round of the Joe Bochicchio Classic in Scranton, PA.
The Spartans improve to 2-1 overall while the Pacers fall to 0-1-1.
York started off slowly as they struggled to connect early in the game. The Spartans started to gain momentum buoyed by their strong defensive effort. The Pacers outshot York 6-5 including 3-1 in shots on goal as the teams headed to the break scoreless.
The second half was a much different story as York began to make the connections they were missing early in the game. The Spartans came out of the break and fired off three shots in the opening three minutes of the half. The Pacers responded with four straight shots. The fourth shot of that flurry would be Marywood's last of the game as they were held without a shot attempt over the final 34 minutes of the game.
The Spartans would start to pepper Pacer goalie Emily Osborne over the next 20 minutes of play. That pressure would finally pay off when the Spartans took their first and only corner kick of the game in the 74th minute. Junior Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) served the ball in off the corner and sophomore Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) booted home the game winner off Chatham's service for the game's only goal. The tally was Sokolis' first of the year and was her first career game-winner.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner was pleased with the second half effort.
"I thought we were just missing in the first half," stated the Spartan mentor. "I was glad to see us start completing those connections in the second half. I am very happy with how we played in the second half. It was good to get a solid road win."
The Spartans finished the match with a 17-10 advantage in totals shots and a 5-3 margin in shots on goal. York outshot the Pacers 12-4 in the second half.
Junior Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) registered the shutout, her first of the year, on three saves in her 90 minutes of action. Osborne suffered the loss as she allowed the one Spartan goal with four saves in the game.
The Joe Bochicchio Classic is played annually in memory of late University of Scranton Royals head coach Joe Bochicchio, who passed away in 2007. In 23 seasons, he led Scranton's women's soccer program to 296 victories, 15 conference championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday afternoon when they square off against the University of Scranton in the second round of the tournament. Kick off against the Royals is set for 1:00 pm.
Jamie Sokolis photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications