SALISBURY, MD – The York College women's soccer team opened their Capital Athletic Conference schedule with an impressive 2-1 win at Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, MD.
The Spartans improve to 5-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference while the Sea Gulls fall to 4-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Sea Gulls opened the scoring early as Salisbury earned a corner kick. On the kick, Samantha Beck entered the ball to Casey Arnone who flicked the ball to Megen Jackson. Jackson's shot went top shelf past Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) for the 1-0 Salisbury lead just 9:01 into the game.
A big moment in the game came in the 15th minute as Glessner was injured in a collision with an on-rushing Salisbury attacker on a play in which the Sea Gulls were called for off-sides.
Glessner was replaced by freshman Stevi Lukacz (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) as the Spartans lost their All-American goalie, were down one on the road in their conference-opening match. Not exactly an easy task for the Spartan squad.
York responded in impressive fashion. Senior Dale Mason (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) fired off a shot that Salisbury keeper Michelle Conrad was able to stop. Fortunately for the Spartans, Conrad couldn't corral the rebound and junior Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) pounced on the loose ball and drove it into the back of the net for her first goal of the year. Chatham's goal came with 14:30 left in the opening half.
The Spartans tallied the eventual game-winner just 2:38 later when Emily Chambers (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) and Emily Cronise (Hagerstown, Md./Boonsboro) combined for the goal. Chambers fed Cronise with a pass and the freshman Cronise rifled a shot past a diving Conrad for the goal. It was Cronise's first collegiate goal.
The Spartans were able to control play in the second half to earn the one-goal victory.
Both teams fired off 12 shots with Salisbury having seven on target while York registered six on goal. The Sea Gulls held a significant 6-1 bulge in corner kicks.
Lukacz earned the win in relief as the freshman made six saves in her 75:10 of work. Conrad went the distance in goal for Salisbury as she made four saves.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner was pleased how her team responded to adversity.
"We weathered the storm early and I was really proud of how our team responded," said Sterner. "We got a number of really good performances today. I thought Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa./Midd-West), Clare Chatham, and Emily Chambers all played well. This is a great way to start our conference schedule."
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.