ARLINGTON, VA. – The York College women's soccer team put together a complete performance, scoring four second half goals to defeat Marymount (Va.) University 4-1 and capture their first Capital Athletic Conference victory of the season. Four different players notched goals for the Green and White, who dominated possession and outshot the Saints 19-2.
Records: York 2-6-1 (1-1 CAC), Marymount 1-6-2 (0-2 CAC)
Shots: York 19, Marymount 2
Shots on goal: York 12, Marymount 2
Corner kicks: York 6, Marymount 1
Saves: York 1, Marymount 8
Fouls: York 6, Marymount 10
How It Happened
• The Spartans controlled the first half, dominating in time of possession, and in the shot department. Through the first half hour, York tallied six shots, with five of them on goal to just one shot from the Saints. Caitlin Rankin was a problem for Marymount, dangerously streaking down the left wing on multiple occasions. Once, she found Maxine Herman in the middle, but Herman's attempt couldn't get by goalie Sydney Sherman.
• Late in the first half, swift ball movement led to Alyssa Rankin with loads of space on the left side. She whipped one into the box to Emily Munkittrick, but Sherman again made another good save. The Spartans outshot Marymount 7-1 in the opening 45 minutes, but were unable to get one past Sherman, who recorded five saves.
• In the second half , in the 53rd minute, Georgia Gillcrist went dribbling through the right side of the defense and her pass across the middle found Herman, who just missed the top corner. Caitlin Rankin had another opportunity just a minute later, but that also missed wide.
• York's speed on the wings spelled trouble all afternoon for the Saint defense. Both Rankin sisters and Gillcrist were consistently bolting by Marymount defenders. More than that, the Spartans did well to exploit one-on-one matchups, but swinging the ball from side to side to isolate the Marymount outside backs.
• Finally the breakthrough came for the Spartans in the 62nd minute. On a corner from Caitlin Rankin, Sherman made a point blank save on a header, and the ball was released back to Rankin. She whipped another ball in that bounced around and ended up on Noelle Spinosa's foot. The sophomore buried her chance in the top left corner to break the tie and give York a 1-0 lead.
• Just five minutes later, in the 67th, Amanda Healy played a ball in behind for Caitlin Rankin. Rankin took full advantage of her one-on-one with the goalie, easily slotting it to the far post side netting to double the Spartan lead.
• An interesting foul called in the box led to a penalty kick for Marymount. Gabby Cabrales was able to push her shot past Jess Wieber to cut the Marymount deficit to 2-1.
• York didn't take long to answer, though. Less than three minutes after Marymount's goal, Alyssa Rankin placed the ball into an empty net after Caitlin crossed one to her sister for the third Spartan goal.
Caitlin Rankin: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Noelle Spinosa: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
Alyssa Rankin: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
Natalie McCarthy: 1 goal
Amanda Healy: 1 assist
Jo MacColl Nicholson: 1 assist
Maxine Herman: 2 shots on goal
Gabby Cabrales: 1 goal
Jess Wieber (York): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 saves (W, 2-6-1)
Sydney Sherman (Mary): 80:24 minutes played, 3 goals against, 10 saves
Emma Buck (Mary): 9:36 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 save
The Spartans are now 23-2 all-time against Marymount, and have won the last 15 meetings with the Saints … this is the second game of the season that York has scored four goals in one game … the Spartans now have just 10 goals on the season … Caitlin Rankin leads York with nine points after scoring another goal and adding an assist … Noelle Spinosa and Natalie McCarthy both tallied their first goals of the season … Alyssa Rankin scored her second goal of the season and is third on the team in total points … Jess Wieber notched her second win of the season and lowered her goals against average to just 1.54 … the win improves York to 1-1 in Capital Athletic Conference play.
York will travel to PSU-Harrisburg on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Nittany Lions in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Green and White hold the all-time series at 4-1, but lost in the lone meeting last season.