Record: 4-10-2, 3-5-1 Capital Athletic Conference (T-7th)
Head Coach: Vicki Sterner (222-162-36, 22 seasons)
Ranked opponents: No. 8 Christopher Newport (L, 1-0), No. 12 TCNJ (L, 3-0), No. 16 McDaniel (L, 3-0)
The York College women's soccer team struggled in the offensive third this fall, managing a 4-10-2 record with a young, rebuilding team that included just five seniors. Through the final day of the regular season, though, the Spartans were still in contention for a potential berth in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.
"We were a young team," head coach Vicki Sterner said, "and I am excited to see the growth from the fall to our spring season. The girls are working hard."
York opened the season with a difficult non-conference schedule, serving as preparation for the CAC, including two matchups with nationally-ranked squads, starting 0-4-1, while netting just one goal, from Caitlin Rankin, in a 2-1 loss to Haverford. The offense exploded in York's first win of the season, a 4-0 triumph over Juniata just before CAC play opened in earnest against eighth-ranked Christopher Newport. The Spartans' first conference win came on the road against Marymount (Va.), blitzing the Saints with four second-half goals.
York played in three games that reached a second period of overtime, and played in seven one-goal games, going 0-5-2 in those games with a youthful roster. Despite that, the Spartans just missed out on reaching the postseason, finishing outside the conference's top six by just two points.
"I felt we were in every game," said Sterner. "We just did not put the ball in the net when we had opportunities."
York Shuts Out Juniata, Wins First of Season: Maxine Herman scored twice in less than seven minutes, along with a goal each from Alyssa Rankin and Caitlin Rankin to overwhelm Juniata. The Eagles entered the matchup at 4-2, but were shutout for just the second time of the season by a combined effort from Jess Wieber and Sydney Kahn in net. Herman added an assist, along with Noelle Spinosa and Georgia Gillcrist.
York Explodes in Second Half, Topples Marymount 4-1: The Spartans earned their first victory of CAC play with four second-half goals from four different scorers in an offensive outburst. In a game deadlocked at 0-0 after the 60th minute, Noelle Spinosa and Caitlin Rankin scored less than six minutes apart to go up 2-0. Then, Alyssa Rankin and Natalie McCarthy finished off the Saints in a dominating performance, in which the Spartans built a 19-2 advantage in shots.
Consecutive Shut-Out Wins Over Wesley and Southern Virginia Puts York in Playoff Contention: York scored a combined six goals in wins over Wesley and Southern Virginia without conceding any to keep the Green and White's postseason hopes alive. The Spartans unleashed a season-high 44 shots against Wesley, getting two goals from Caitlin Rankin, and one from Maxine Herman and Emily Munkittrick each. Three days later, Amanda Healy and Georgia Gillcrist scored on Senior Day, their first goals of the season, to take down Southern Virginia.
Jess Wieber Shines in 1-1 Draw with Mary Washington: Wieber made a season-high 10 saves against Mary Washington, an eventual playoff team, to preserve a point for the Spartans. In 110 minutes, the freshman saw 11 shots, registering a .909 save percentage.
Herman Erupts vs. Juniata: Maxine Herman opened the game with a fourth-minute assist to Alyssa Rankin to put the Spartans ahead 1-0. That was just the beginning of her involvement, though. In the second half, Herman scored in the 52nd and 59th minutes to push York to a 4-0 win. Herman's five points marked the most of any Spartan in a game during the season, and was just one point shy of Herman's career high.
HONORS AND AWARDS
All-Capital Athletic Conference
Second Team: Caitlin Rankin
Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week
October 23: Jess Wieber – Defensive Player of the Week
"Next year's schedule will also be tough, but mentally I believe we will be prepared," said Sterner.