YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer squad enters the 2014 determined to defend their Capital Athletic Conference championship and earn another NCAA Tournament berth.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner has fashioned a slate that will challenge her experienced team in preparation for the rigors of the conference schedule.
"We have a strong out-of-conference schedule this season," says Sterner. "I want to make sure we are ready for a tough conference schedule and hopefully a deep run in the postseason."
The non-conference schedule boasts a combined winning percentage of 60.8% and two NCAA Tournament teams.
The Spartans open up their season with a trip to the Albright College Tournament on August 30 and 31. The Spartans face Rowan in a key early season clash to open the campaign. The Profs went 17-4 last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to host Ithaca 1-0. York will face either Albright or Wooster in the tournament's second round on August 31.
York concludes its season opening three game road trip with a contest at Elizabethtown on September 3. The Blue Jays finished the year 12-8 including a 2-1 loss to the Spartans in York on September 4.
The Green and White opens their home campaign on Saturday, September 6 when they host Ursinus in a non-conference contest. The last time the Spartans and Bears squared off, York captured a 1-0 win to open the 2012 regular season at the Alvernia Tournament. The Spartans return to the pitch three days later when they host McDaniel. The Green Terror finished last year 13-6-1 and dropped a 4-2 loss to York on September 11 in Westminster.
York then takes a quick trip to Gettysburg on September 17 to face a very talented Bullet squad. Gettysburg finished 12-2-4 last year, including a scoreless tie with the Spartans in York on September 18.
The Spartans return home on September 20 when they host Goucher followed by the final non-conference contest of the year against Haverford one week later. The Fords went 10-4-6 last year and advanced to the Centennial Conference championship game before falling to Johns Hopkins in the title tilt.
York opens Capital Athletic Conference play on October 1 at Wesley. The Spartans then host Christopher Newport for the first time in York. The Green and White edged the Captains in a shootout in the CAC Championship game. The Captains finished last year with a mark of 14-4-2 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection after the loss in PK's to the Spartans.
The game against the Captains kicks off a season-high three game home stand as York hosts Marymount (Va.) on October 7 and Mary Washington four days later.
A three game swing to Frostburg State (Oct. 15), Southern Virginia (Oct. 18) and St. Mary's (Oct. 22) closes out the regular season road slate.
The Spartans return to Graham Field for a huge rivalry match against Salisbury on October 25. That contest will also serve as Senior Day as York will honor their large senior class prior to the match. An October 29 match against Penn State Harrisburg closes out the 2014 regular season.
The Capital Athletic Conference tournament kicks off with first round games on November 1 followed by the semifinal matches at the top two seeds on November 5. The championship game will be held at the highest remaining seed on November 8.
Sterner is excited to get the season started.
"We have a strong returning core of players and we have one of our best recruiting classes ever," says Sterner. "We will need to prepare hard for the season but the potential is there for an exciting year."
The 13 wins in 2013 was the third highest amount of victories in a season. The school record of 15 was established in 2007 while the 2006 and 2009 squads each won 14 matches.