TOWSON, MD - On a typical windy, fall Saturday, the York College women's Soccer (4-2-1) team picked up their fourth win of the season, downing Goucher College (2-4-1) 4-0 in Towson, MD.
The first half featured some intense back and forth action between the Spartan women and the Gophers. Jordan Neiheiser (Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic) let loose a shot that forced the Gopher goalie, Juliana Harkavy, to make a save in the 5th minute. The teams traded some shots back and forth, which allowed Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md. / Thomas Stone) to showoff her All-American skills with another save. In the 30th minute the Spartans were able to break the draw on a Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md. / Perry Hall) header assisted by a Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) touch pass. The half ended with York sitting on a tight 1-0 lead.
The second half opened with an onslaught by York on the Goucher goalie led by two Chelsea McDowell (Cinnaminson, N.J. /Cinnaminson) shots. York took two corner kicks, and on the second kick Chatham was able to get another assist with a Jenn Lindsay (North Massapequea, N.Y./Plainedge) goal to take York to a 2-0 lead. Just three minutes later, the Spartan women led the charge down the field and secured their third goal on the day. This time freshman Elexa Sherman (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) showed her bright future with a sweet shot off a Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa. /Midd-West) assist. The Spartans ended their day of offensive power just two minutes later, with Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) slipping in a nice shot off a pass from, who else, Chatham. With a huge lead the team played ball control to secure the shut out win at Beldon Field.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner was pleased with her team's efforts.
"I thought this was a very good team effort," said Sterner. "We were able to give everyone playing time and they responded by playing very well. Clare has been playing really well all season and it was great to see her get three assists in the win. It was enjoyable to see us play the way we did today."
The Spartans finished the day with their third shutout of the season and tied their highest scoring total from the game at McDaniel College on September 11.
Glessner earned the win as she recorded two saves in 58:59 of action. Stevi Lukacz (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill) followed Glessner and was not forced to make a save in her 15:38 in goal. Kate Lutte (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasaugua) made her collegiate debut and recorded her first collegiate stop in her 15:23 of action. Harkavy made six saves for Goucher as she allowed all four Spartan goals in 64:10 of work. Liz Stradtman made one save in 25:50 in net for the Gophers.
The Spartans finished the game with an 18-7 edge in shots while they also had a 3-2 margin in corner kicks.
York heads home and will prepare for their next game on Wednesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. on Graham Field against Catholic University (4-3).
Clare Chatham photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications