YORK Pa. - The York College women's soccer team (12-4-2) faced Mary Washington (10-10) in CAC semifinal action. The Spartans took down the Eagles in a dominating 3-1 win.
The women continued their history of a strong early attack by securing a corner kick only two minutes into the game. The ball sailed high and just fell into the hands of the Eagle's goalie, Sara Amor. The Spartans continued to threaten with their strong attack, including a long shot by Emily Chambers (Stewartstown, Pa. / Red Lion) that just missed getting over the defense. Then in the 26th minute, Beth Bunn (Lothian, Md. / Calverton School) finally broke the draw. The Spartans had the ball within a meter of the goal and after three successive shots; Bunn took her own shot rebound and finally buried the ball deep into the net. Bunn was able to secure her fifth goal on the season, amidst the scrum, to put York up 1-0.
After the goal the action seemed to die down until Mary Washington started to press the York defense. The Eagles inbounded a corner kick, and Anna Brauch of UMW was able to grab a loose ball in put it into the net. The goal was very similar to the earlier Spartan goal with a scrum in front of the net. The score remained tied at one as the teams went into the half.
York wasted no time with collecting their attack following the halftime break. The Spartans quickly drove down the field. In the first two minutes of the second half the ball was knocked out of bounds and what looked to be just a regular toss-in turned into a game changer. Clare Chatham (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) tossed a beautiful pass into the foot of Kayla Kovalsky (Merrick, N.Y. / Kellenberg Memorial). Kovalsky took the ball and banged it past the Amor of Mary Washington. The goal gave the Spartans the lead for the rest of the match.
The Spartans were able to hold onto the 2-1 lead behind some spectacular Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md. / Thomas Stone) saves. The Eagles kept Glessner flying around the box as she made five saves before York faced another opportunity late in the game.
With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Taylor Folk (Beavertown, Pa. / Midd-West) sent a long pass to a flying Kovalsky. The junior grabbed the pass in stride and continued down the field and fired a powerful shot to sink into the near side of the goal. Kovalsky nabbed her second goal of the day, and gave York their ending score 3-1.
Glessner finished the day with seven saves, and Kovalsky took over as the team leader in goals scored with six on the year. The game actually featured an almost even shot count between the two teams with Mary Washington firing 15 shots and York with 14. The Spartans now advance to the CAC Championship game to be played on Saturday. The opponent and venue will be determined with the winner of the #1 Christopher Newport and #4 Salisbury match to be played Wednesday evening.
Story by Nate Caruso Asst. Director of Athletic Communications