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Hornets Sting Spartans in Overtime on Saturday

Kristin Varilla photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Kristin Varilla photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA  – The Shenandoah Hornet field hockey squad got a game-winning goal 2:35 into overtime to outlast the York College Spartans 2-1 in non-conference action on a brilliantly sunny Saturday in York. The Hornets tied the game in the fourth quarter and earned the win in the extra session.


Match #7

Final Score: York 1, Shenandoah 2

Records: York 3-4, Shenandoah 6-1

Shots: York 9, Shenandoah 17

Shots on Goal: York 3, Shenandoah 11

Penalty Corners: York 3, Shenandoah 12

Defensive Saves: York 1, Shenandoah 0

Saves: York 1, WC 3


How It Happened:

• The Spartans couldn't have gotten off to a better start as they took the opening possession and scored 29 seconds into the game. Hannah Huffman carried the ball down the left sidedline and slid a pass to Meghan Heary. Heary sent a pass towards the goal and Kristin Varilla finished off the chance past Isabella Morande for the 1-0 Spartan lead. The goal was Varilla's third of the year.

• The remainder of the first quarter was offensively challenged as the Hornets held a slight 2-1 edge in shots with both of those attempts coming on cage.

• The offensive pace picked up a bit in the second quarter. The Hornets had the better of the offensive play but Spartan goalie Kaitlyn Wallace kept Shenandoah off the board with three seconds quarter saves. Shenandoah had four second quarter corners but the Spartan defense held strong as York took a 1-0 lead to the half.

• Shenandoah continued to pressure the Spartan defense in the third quarter. However, York continued to hold the line as they maintained the lead through the end of three quarters.

• The Hornets finally broke through early in the fourth quarter as Kelsey Jones picked up a loose ball inside the top of the circle and hit a rocket into the goal, tying the game with 12:17 left in regulation. Both teams had a few opportunities over the remainder of the quarter but neither could find pay dirt as the squads headed to an extra period.

• The Hornets had the first great chance of overtime and they cashed in just over two minutes into the extra session. Lauren Tyre hit a shot that was saved by Wallace but the rebound trickled into the circle and Taylor Hayes cleaned up the chance as she poked home for the game-winner. It was her seventh goal of the year and gave York their second overtime loss of the year.


Spartan Leaders

Kristin Varilla: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Meghan Heary: 1 assist

Julea Truskey: 1 defensive save

Abby Piotrowski: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal


Hornet Leaders

Kelsey Jones: 1 goal, 5 shots, 3 shots on goal

Taylor Hayes: 1 goal, 6 shots, 4 shots on goal

Lauren Tyre: 2 shots on goal


Goalie Comparison

Kaitlyn Wallace (YCP): 62:35 minutes played, 2 goals against, 8 saves (Loss, 3-4)

Isabella Morande (SU): 62:35 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves (Win, 6-1)


Game Notes:

York is now 6-3 against Shenandoah as they have lost the last two match ups against the Hornets … York has now lost two 2-1 overtime decisions at home this year (vs. Dickinson and vs. Shenandoah) … York has now lost two straight after winning three in a row … York has a combined 26 shots in their last three games (7 vs. Washington, 9 vs. F&M, 9 vs. Shenandoah) … York had a season-low three penalty corners in the game … the Spartans had their first defensive save of the year as Julea Truskey made the stop midway through the first quarter … freshman goalie Kaitlyn Wallace has been busy in the last two games as she has 19 saves in her last 107:35 of work … Wallace's save percentage is now at 72% for the year … freshman Kristin Varilla has two goals in her last two games and has three total for the season … Varilla has a five match scoring streak as she scored a goal against Virginia Wesleyan, handed out assists against Albright and Washington and scored goals against F&M and Shenandoah.


Up Next:

The Spartans continue their home stand on Wednesday afternoon as  they host Susquehanna University in a non-conference contest. The match is slated for a 6:00 pm start at Kinsley Field.