Spartans Strike 25 Seconds Into Second Half, Beat E-Town 2-1

Georgia Gillcrist photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Georgia Gillcrist photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – York College junior Georgia Gillcrist scored 25 seconds in to the second half to give them the lead for good as they downed the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays 2-1 in a non-conference bout on a humid Wednesday afternoon. 


Match #9

Final Score: York 2 – Elizabethtown 1

Records: York 4-5, Elizabethtown 2-4-2

Shots: York 18, Elizabethtown 12

Shots on Goal: York 7, Elizabethtown 5

Corner Kicks: York 7, Elizabethtown 1

Saves: York 6, Elizabethtown 3


How It Happened:

• Both teams were unable to generate many quality chances until the Blue Jays created numbers on the offensive end and after York keeper Sydney Kahn made a sprawling save, the ball ricocheted right to Madison Burnham who headed the ball across the face of the net to a wide-open Lydia Lawson who tapped in her sixth goal of the season in the 15th minute.

• The Spartans answered back just before the half-hour mark as Ryan Hussey scrambled to recover a loose ball in the box and rocket a shot past the keeper to tally her team leading fifth goal on the year and tied the score 1-1, the score would remain time the rest of the half.

• It only took 25 seconds into the second period when junior Georgia Gillcrist received a perfect through ball pass from fellow junior Natalie McCarthy and outran the Blue Jay defense, beating the keeper in a one-on-one situation and gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead right away in the second half.

• The Spartan defense held strong and they dominated the second half. Sydney Kahn recorded six saves, none bigger than one in the final seconds of regulation to preserve the 2-1 victory for York.


Spartan Leaders

Ryan Hussey: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot

Georgia Gillcrist: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot

Natalie McCarthy: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal, 3 shots


Blue Jay Leaders

Lydia Lawson: 1 goal, 4 shots on goal, 6 shots

Madison Burnham: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal, 2 shots


Goalie Comparison

Sydney Kahn (YCP): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 6 saves (Win, 4-5)

Christine Fox (EC): 90 minutes played, 2 goals against, 3 saves (Loss, 2-4-2)



York is 4-7-3 all-time against the Blue Jays … the win snaps a four-game losing streak in the series for the Spartans … junior forward junior forward Ryan Hussey recorded her fifth goal of the season, this total and her ten total points are both team-highs … Georgia Gillcrist scored her second goal of the season and first since September 2 in a 5-0 win against Alvernia … with her third assist tonight, Natalie McCarthy is now tied for the team-high in assists … the Spartans have now won their last two contests, outscoring their opponents 6-1 in those games … the win gives them a 3-2 record at home this year.


Up Next

The Spartans are on the road as they begin conference play when they take on the University of Mary Washington Eagles.  Kick off is at 1:00 pm in Fredericksburg, Va.