SCRANTON, PA – The University of Scranton Royals women's soccer team edged the York College Spartans 1-0 in the second round of the Joe Bochicchio Classic in Scranton, PA on Sunday. Both teams are now 2-2 for the campaign.
The Spartans had the better of the play early in the contest. York managed to fire off the first three shots of the game as they applied pressure to the Royal defense in the opening 15 minutes of the game. York continued to play well in the opening 45 but couldn't find the back of the net. The Spartans outshot the Royals 6-3 in the first half while they also had a 3-0 edge corner kicks.
Scranton turned around the momentum in the second half as they became more assertive in their offensive third. The Royals opened the half with a Gianna Vitolo shot off the post. The Royals kept up the pressure and the Spartan defense kept them off the board despite Scranton getting a number of corner kicks in the half.
One of those corner kicks finally cost York in the 68th minute as Kelly Egan served the ball into the box and freshman Christina Akalski booted home the pass for the game's lone goal. The goal was Akalski's second game winner of the weekend as she notched the go-head goal in the Royals' 2-1 win over Lebanon Valley on Saturday.
The Royals kept pushing forward for an insurance goal but Spartan net minder Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) kept the York deficit at one.
The Spartan offense wouldn't be able to get on track in the second half, as the Spartans did not manage to fire off a shot in the final 34 minutes of the game.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner felt her squad played well in the loss.
"I thought we did a good job against a good team," said Sterner. "We just allowed too many corner kicks in the second half and that hurt us. I thought Dale Mason (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) and Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) both played well defensively and Jordan Neiheiser (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) did a good job up top."
The Spartans finished game on the short end of the shot total as Scranton held a 14-8 advantage in the category. The Royals held a large 11-2 margin in second half shots while they also held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks in the second 45 minutes of play.
Glessner recorded four saves in the loss while Scranton's Kelsey McAnelly posted her second straight shutout with three saves. McAnelly now has 25 career shutouts, the second highest total in Scranton school history.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to McDaniel College to face the Green Terror. Kick off is scheduled for 4:30 pm in Westminster, MD.