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Spartan Women Pick Up Key CAC Road Win

Caitlyn Findlay photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Caitlyn Findlay photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

BUENA VISTA, VA – The Spartan women's soccer squad picked up their first Capital Athletic Conference road win of the year as they downed Southern Virginia University 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in Buena Vista, Virginia. The two teams split their two decisions during the regular season as both road teams won.

 

Match #16

Final Score: York 1, Southern Virginia 0

Records: York 6-10 (3-4 CAC), SVU 3-12-1 (1-6 CAC)

Shots: York 16, SVU 6  

Shots on Goal: York 11, SVU 2

Corner Kicks: York 6, SVU 8

Saves: York 1, SVU 8

Fouls: York 5, SVU 10

 

How It Happened:

• The Spartans opened the scoring in the 14th minute of play. Senior Natalie McCarthy slipped a through pass to fellow senior Georgia Gillcrist who collected the pass in stride and beat Southern Virginia goalie Savannah Uri for her third goal of the year.

• The Knights tied the game 14 minutes later as Gracie Ducan fed Savannah Sundberg with a pass off an SVU corner kick that she finished past Spartan keeper Cat McCarty for the goal. The Spartans almost responded just three minutes later as Anna Morton drilled the post with a shot that looked like it was going to find the back of the net. The Spartans did take the lead for good in the 36th minute as Jo Nicholson flicked a header past the goalie to Erin Baier who had a simple finish for her second goal of the year.

• The Spartans had a 9-4 edge in total shots and a 5-1 margin in shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes of play. The Knights did hold a 5-4 advantage in first-half corner kicks.

• York wasted little time in adding to the lead in the second half as Gillcrist fired a shot that was saved by new SVU goalie Alyssa Trueman. Caitlyn Findlay collected the rebound and drilled the ball into the back of the cage for the goal. The Spartans carried the play the remainder of the game as they outshot Southern Virginia 7-2 in the second half of play.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Georgia Gillcrist: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal

Erin Baier: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Caitlyn Findlay: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal

Natalie McCarthy: 1 assist, 1 shot

Jo Nicholson: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal

Jenna Cholowinski: 3 shots on goal

 

Knight Leaders:

Savanah Sundberg: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Gracie Duncan: 1 assist

Tori Wescott: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal

 

Goalie Comparison

Cat McCarty (YCP): 90:00 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 save (Win, 2-5)

Savannah Uri (SVU): 45:00 minutes played, 2 goals against, 3 saves (Loss, 2-6)

Alyssa Trueman (SVU): 45:00 minutes played, 1 goal against, 5 saves

 

Notes:

York is now 6-1 all-time against the Knights as the teams split their two meetings this year … the meeting is the final regular season meeting as CAC opponents as the Spartans are heading to the MAC next year … the win is York's first conference road win and just their second road win overall … the Spartans are 2-5 on the road in 2019 … the Spartans have won two of their last three games … junior goalie Cat McCarty earned her second win of the year as she is now 1-1 in conference play … the Spartans scored three goals for the fourth time this year … York's three assists in the game ties their season high … the Spartans had 16 shots in the game as they had totaled just nine shots in their past three games … York tied a season-low with just one save in the victory … junior Erin Baier earned her first career game-winning goal … the Spartans have just three regular season games remaining with two of those matches being on the road.

 

Up Next

The Spartans are back on the road on Wednesday evening as they head to St. Mary's City, Maryland to face the Seahawks in a Capital Athletic Conference match. The match is slate for a 7:00 pm start.