SU defeats York in CAC first-round action; will play Stevenson in CAC semifinals

SU defeats York in CAC first-round action; will play Stevenson in CAC semifinals

YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team notched a 1-0 victory over host York (Pa.) College in first-round action of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference women's soccer tournament on Saturday.

With the victory the fifth-seeded Sea Gulls (8-11) advance to the CAC semifinals, where they will take on top-seed Stevenson University this Tuesday. The time of that contest is to be determined. Visit www.suseagulls.com for updated information on Salisbury's trek through the postseason.

Salisbury scored the game's only goal in just the 10th minute of action, as junior forward Sarah Jessilonis converted a penalty kick past York (7-11-1) goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel (five saves). The Pasadena, Md., native has now scored a team-leading six goals for SU. Jessilonis nearly netted a second goal in the 24th minute as she rammed out on a breakaway and put a shot on frame, but Spanarkel pushed the ball wide and out of play for a Salisbury corner kick. At the end of the first half of play, the Sea Gulls outshot the Spartans 6-2 and held a narrow 1-0 corner kick advantage.

The Spartans nearly knotted the game up in the 53rd minute, as York's Aily Wivell whipped in a dangerous free kick from the left side of the 18-yard box, but sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Orgera made the save to keep the Spartan offense at bay. Orgera notched her second save of the day in the 80th minute, as Ali Jones fired off a shot from inside the 18-yard box but Orgera kick-saved the ball away from the net.

For the match, SU held a 13-6 shots advantage and earned a pair of corner kicks, compared to zero for York.

In other women's soccer CAC action, No. 3 seed St. Mary's (Md.) College defeated No. 6 seed University of Mary Washington by a score of 3-1. St. Mary's will travel to No. 2 seed Frostburg State University in the other tournament semifinal.

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