By Chris Hulsart
THE York College of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team defeated the Elizabethtown Blue Jays by a score of 2-0 on Saturday on a beautiful day for soccer.
After the scoreless tie between the two squads in the first half, the Spartans caught a break in the 57th minute when Erin Snyder was fouled in the box and netted a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
The finishing touches were applied when forward Anna Morton put one over the goalie from well outside the box. The breakaway goal was assisted by Snyder, and originally stemmed from one of Jaqueline Keogh’s saves.
The Spartans improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 at home while the Blue Jays fell to 3-3.
One point of emphasis was ball control, which is another category where the Spartans won.
Assistant coach Al Chesnavage said “time of possession is very important. Keeping possession of the ball allows us to control the tempo of the game, make the opponent chase the ball so they are playing more defensively, control the clock, and advance the ball up the field for scoring opportunities.”
Chesnavage also noted the importance of the shutout. “Shutouts are very important, not only for the team’s confidence and certainly momentum but it affects our overall record when we are being evaluated for an at-large bid.”
Added senior forward Makayla Harper, a big part of the Spartans offense, “The girls all had a hand in the win. The energy was great from start to finish.”
The Spartans will go on the road for their next game, traveling to Center Valley to play Desales in a head-to-head matchup on Sept. 21.
Chris Hulsart is a sophomore and a Sport Media major.