READING, PA – The York College women's soccer squad opened their 2014 season with an impressive 1-0 win over #23 Rowan University in the opening round of the Albright Lions Classic in Reading, PA.
The Spartans move into the championship game with the win while the Profs play in the noon consolation game on Sunday.
The Profs came out firing early as they forced Spartan goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) to record her first save of the season a mere 34 seconds into the game. The Profs quickly recorded a second shot less than two minutes later as Michelle Carpino hit the post with an attempt in the third minute of play.
The Spartans got their feet underneath them and steadied their play. In the 32nd minute, Glessner made a save on an Allison Barker shot. The Spartans quickly countered and freshman Emily Birsa (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) banged home her first collegiate goal eight seconds after Glessner's save, giving York the 1-0 lead.
The teams headed to the half with Rowan holding a slight 5-4 margin in total shots and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Profs pressured the Spartans in the second half but the York defense stood tall as Glessner recorded six saves on 10 Rowan shots to earn the win and notch her 21st career shutout and her 22nd career win.
Glessner finished with seven saves for the game while Rowan counterpart Carleigh Trivino recorded three saves in the loss.
The Profs outshot the Spartans 15-7 including 8-4 in shots on goal. Rowan held a slight 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner liked the way her club played in the win.
"Our intensity was outstanding," said the Spartans' head coach. "Their confidence in each other is really high and we played well as a team. The defense was under some pressure during the game but we have so much experience and ability, we were able to keep them off the board."
The Spartan depth played a key role in the win as Sterner played 10 players off her bench in the win.
"Our depth is really good and I like having the ability to keep all of our players fresh with substitutions," said Sterner. "I feel that helps keep everyone into the game and also allows us to go harder for longer stretches of the match."
Sterner also felt her defense was fantastic.
"Our defense played really well. Rowan is a very good team and that was a great early season test for us. Now we want to go out on Sunday, play well and win a tournament championship."
The Spartans will play the winner of the Albright College/Wooster College semifinal in the championship game on Sunday at 2:30 pm in Reading.