FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The York College women's soccer team captured the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon on a 1-0 double-overtime victory on the road at Mary Washington.
The clock failed to strike midnight on the Cinderella story the Spartans (9-10) put together through the CAC Tournament, as they became the first sixth-seeded team in CAC women's soccer history to win the title.
Senior captain Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall, Md. / Perry Hall) sealed the victory and the historical tournament run when she netted the game-winning goal in the 109th minute of play. Sokolis had provided pressure all day long and her efforts paid off as she managed to step in front of the charging keeper and bang in a shot off a loose ball deflection.
The goal by Sokolis was a product of relentless pressure by the Spartans as they put the the Eagles (10-9-2) on their heals in the overtime periods by compiling a 4-0 shot advantage.
Prior to overtime, York survived multiple close calls in the second half as the Eagles dominated the time of possession and time on attack in the final half of regulation.
The Spartan backline came up with critical stops and blocked shots on multiple occasions in the second half. Sophomore defender Marisa Brisbane (Damascus, Md. / Damascus) made a huge stop early in the second half as she sprawled out to her right near the goal line to prevent a sure goal. Fellow sophomore defender Kaylyn Watts (West Milton, Pa. / Lewisburg) also made key plays in the second half near the goal line to prevent shots from entering the net.
Senior captain defender Chelsea McDowell (Cinnaminson, N.J. / Cinnaminson) bailed her team out on multiple occasions throughout the game as she shutdown any runs the Eagles had up the left side of the field. Sophomore defender Alexis Munshower (Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York) also came up big on multiple occasions as she swept up any runs up the middle by UMW.
Senior goalkeeper Kate Lutte (Catasauqua, Pa. / Catasauqua) played a stellar game for the Green and White as she earned her fifth clean sheet of the season and her second of the postseason. Lutte made five saves on the day including two in the closing minutes of the first half as the Eagles totaled four shots in a span of two minutes as time wound down to end the first half.
Sophomore Maxine Herman (York, Pa. / Dover) led the offense with three total shots on the day, including the shot that was blocked and led directly to the game-winner by Sokolis. Freshman Caitlin Rankin (Joppa, Md. / Edgewood) played steady all day from her right wing possession as she helped facilitate multiple runs and helped supply sufficient pressure all game long. Junior Kirsten Good (Palmyra, Pa. / Palmyra) battled all day in the middle of the field and helped keep offensive chances alive and snuff out chances by the opposition.
With the win today, the York College women's soccer program now has three CAC Championships in its 20 seasons of competition. York's previous titles came in 2008 and 2013. All three titles have come under head coach Vicki Sterner, who is in her 20th season at the helm of the program.
The Spartans have now won three of its six CAC title game appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015) and they move to 5-5 against Mary Washington in the CAC postseason, including a 1-1 record against the Eagles in the title game.
York had to defeat three teams in the CAC Tournament it had lost to in the regular season in order to claim the title and the Spartans did so with its fifth one-goal victory of the season.
The Spartans will be making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament (2007, 2013) and will find out Monday at 1:00 p.m. who they will be playing and where they will be headed. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2015-10-28/2015-fall-championships-selections for more information about the NCAA Tournament selection schedule.
2015 CAC Tournament Schedule
Opening Round – Saturday, Oct. 31
#5 Mary Washington 0, at #4 Salisbury 0 (PK 3-2 UMW)
#6 York 2, at #3 Frostburg State 0
Semifinals – Tuesday, Nov. 3
#5 Mary Washington 1, at #1 CNU 0
#6 York 2, at #2 St. Mary's 1
Championship – Saturday, Nov. 7
#6 York 1, at #5 Mary Washington 0 OT2