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Spartans Score Twice Late, Down Bulldogs

Caitlin Rankin photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography.
Caitlin Rankin photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography.

YORK, PA – Second half goals from Rachel Wilhelm and Caitlin Rankin propelled the Spartans to a 2-1 win against the DeSales Bulldogs on a hot Saturday afternoon contest.


Match #6

Final Score: York 2 – DeSales 1

Records: York 2-4, DeSales 1-3-2

Shots: York 17, DeSales 7

Shots on Goal: York 8, DeSales 4

Corner Kicks: York 7, DeSales 4

Saves: York 3, DeSales 6 


How It Happened:

• Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in the first half as both defenses held strong throughout limiting the dangerous chances by either side.

• The Bulldogs broke the scoring five minutes into the second half as Sam Riccardi placed a volley into the corner of the net off a set piece from Gabby Torchia.

• The Spartans drew even in the 64th minute off their own set piece when Rachel Wilhelm was on the receiving end of a Caitlin Rankin corner kick to knot it up at 1-1.

• Just ten minutes later, Rankin grabbed a goal of her own when she perfectly placed a shot from outside the 18-yard box into the upper left corner over the outstretched arm of the Bulldog keeper.

• DeSales threatened late but the Spartan defense, backed by goalkeeper Sydney Kahn who made some stellar saves late, wrapped up the 2-1 win for York.


Spartan Leaders

Caitlin Rankin: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal

Rachel Wilhelm: 1 goal, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal

Caitlyn Findlay: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal

Jenna Cholowinski: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal


Bulldogs Leaders

Sam Riccardi: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot

Gabby Torchia: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot


Goalie Comparison

Sydney Kahn (YCP): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 3 saves (Win, 2-4)

Lia Gaccione (DSU): 90 minutes played, 2 goals against, 6 saves (Loss, 1-2)



York is 8-1-0 all-time against DeSales, who also competed as Allentown College … this was the first meeting between the two sides since September 25, 2007 … the Spartans have now taken six in a row in the series … Caitlin Rankin and Rachel Wilhelm each scored their first goal of the season in the win … the goal was Wilhelm's first of her career … York snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.