READING, PA – The York College women's soccer team overcame the heat, the humidity, and a very good Wooster College squad to post a 1-0 win in the championship game of the Albright Lion Classic hosted by Albright College in Reading, PA.
The Spartans battled the Fighting Scots just over 24 hours after knocking off #23 Rowan in the tournament's opening round. The Spartan depth was key in a game that was played in 88-degree heat along with heat index readings in the mid-90's.
The game was a defensive battle for the first half as neither team gained any significant offensive traction. The Spartans held a 6-2 edge in first half shots as York had the only chance on goal, a Maxine Herman (York, Pa./Dover) shot on target just 16 seconds into the game.
The heat started to wear on the squads after halftime as the teams substituted liberally, attempting to keep fresh players on the pitch.
The teams took turns surging into their offensive thirds, as the play seemed to go in five-minute segments. The Green and White finally made the winning play in the 75th minute as Jordan Snook (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) collected the ball inside of midfield. She found a sprinting Elexa Sherman (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) down the left sideline. Sherman carried the ball closer to the end line before centering it towards sophomore Shyanne Kimbrough (York, Pa./West York) in the box. Kimbrough banged a shot that was saved by Wooster keeper Carly Eppler. The rebound caromed towards the left of the goal and Herman banged in the rebound, giving York the 1-0 lead with just over 16 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Fighting Scots would respond to the goal with heavy pressure on the Spartans but the Green and White defense would respond by making enough plays to preserve the win.
Senior goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) celebrated her 22nd birthday with her 22nd career shutout as she recorded four saves. Eppler played well for Wooster as she notched five saves in her 90 minutes of work.
York outshot the Scots 11-9 while the Spartans also held a 1-0 margin in corner kicks.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner was happy her squad was able to pull out the win.
"We had to battle today," said Sterner. "I don't think we played our best but we made a play when we had to. Our defense was again outstanding and our depth, especially coming off a tough game yesterday, was key. We will continue to get better. It is great to get a tournament championship early in the year."
York had four players earn All-Tournament team honors as senior Jenn Lindsay (North Massapequea, N.Y./Plainedge), Glessner, Kimbrough, and freshman defender Ashley Becker (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) were recognized for their great play over the weekend.
The Spartans conclude their season-opening three game road trip with a trip to Elizabethtown to face the Blue Jays in a key non-conference contest. Kick off is set for 7:00 pm in Elizabethtown, Pa.
Spartan team photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications