YORK – York College picked up its first win Friday afternoon as they shutout Grace University at the Cornerstone Sports Complex. The Panthers had struggled to find their offensive niche all season but Friday head coach Stefan Skillmanhad the team prepared to change that. York jumped all over the Royals and pressed high from the first whistle. They didn’t allow the Royals to have an easy pass outside of their defensive third. The high pressure allowed York to take advantage of mishaps and force Grace to play on their heels.
Cici Saldana (FR/Council Bluffs, Iowa) was able to find the back of the net after a nice play by Katey Cox (SR/Highlands Ranch, Colo). Cox moved up the field with the ball and slotted two defenders to provide Saldana with a ball right in front of her. She was able to control the ball and pass it just past the Royals goalkeeper and into the side of the goal for the game winner.
Even with the intensity the Panthers showed they were unable to find too many shots early. York controlled the possession but didn’t create many dangerous shots until the second half. York had 17 of its 23 shots come in the second half and it wasn’t until the 80th minute before the insurance goal came off of the foot of Cassandra Martinez (FR/Madera, Calif). Martinez took advantage of a loose ball inside the penalty area that was unable to be cleared to put the Panthers up 2-0.
York moves to 1-5 on the season and will open up KCAC play Wednesday, as the team travels to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.