Complete Effort Lifts Spartans Over Green Terror
WESTMINSTER, MD – The York College women's soccer team put together its most complete performance of the year as the Spartans downed previously unbeaten McDaniel 4-2 in non-conference play on a steamy Wednesday in Westminster, MD.
The Spartans improve to 3-2 overall while the Green Terror falls to 3-1.
McDaniel had entered the game having outscored their previous three opponents by a combined score of 16-0. It took the Spartans a mere 38 seconds to get on the board as freshman Jordan Neiheiser (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) made a great run to track down a nice thru ball from Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa./Midd-West) and beat Green Terror goalie Haley Jacobs for the first goal allowed by McDaniel in 2013.
The Spartans tacked on a second goal just over ten minutes later when Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) finished off a Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) pass from the right side into the back side post for her second goal of the year.
McDaniel got on the board in the 28th minute off a Julia Pope rebound put back, bringing the Green Terror to within one at 2-1.
The Green and White came out of the break on the very humid day and took the play to the Green Terror. The Spartans' depth starting showing itself early in the half as York continued to be a step ahead of McDaniel in the stanza.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 3-1 just inside ten minutes into the second half. Bunn collected a loose ball outside the top of the box and rifled a shot that somehow made it through some heavy traffic and found the back of the net for her second goal of the year.
York's fourth goal came in the 74th minute as junior Kayla Kovalsky (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) found herself 40 yards out with the ball after a failed clear and Jacobs out of position after challenging the play. Kovalsky unleashed a long shot that appeared headed directly for the left post. The ball bounded towards the open goal and snuck inside the post for her first goal of the year.
Pope scored her second goal of the game in the 86th minute but it would be a cosmetic tally as the Spartans would kill off the final 4:16 of the regulation to earn their third win of the year.
The Spartans finished the game with an 18-13 edge in shots including an 11-6 margin in the second half. Both teams had three corner kicks and four saves in the game. York's depth was apparent as the Spartans played 25 players on the hot and humid afternoon while McDaniel had 14 players see action in the contest.
York's Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) earned the win in goal for the Spartans as she recorded four saves and allowed one goal in 79:51 of work. Jacobs went the distance as she allowed four goals and made three saves in 90 minutes of work.
The Spartans return to action next Wednesday when they host Gettysburg in a non-conference contest. Kick off at Graham Field is set for 4:00 pm.
Kayla Kovalsky photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications