CNU Takes Down First-Place York (Pa.), 1-0, on Senior Day
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Christopher Newport women's soccer team ran their win streak to six with a 1-0 showing against York College (Pa.) (9-4-2, 5-1-1) on Saturday, getting the 2013 seniors their 50th career win in their final home regular season game. One of those seniors, Bupe Okeowo, scored the game-winning goal, leading CNU to 11-2-1 overall, 5-0-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Christopher Newport features six seniors on the 2013 squad, playing a huge part in the Captains success over the last four years. The group has won 50 games after today's victory, taking down the league's top team.
The Spartans had allowed just nine goals all season coming into the game, unbeaten in their last six contests. CNU controlled the action early, though, putting pressure on starting goalkeeper Melanie Glessner. The Captains got several great chances off corner kicks early in the game, but Glessner stopped each chance.
Then, with just over ten minutes left in the first half, another CNU flurry would lead to a goal. Rookie Victoria Perry got a clean shot off from just outside the box, that Glessner stopped, but could not corral. That led to an open look for leading scorer Emma O'Reilly, who ripped a hard shot on frame, but a Spartan defender blocked the shot out of bounds. With the ensuing corner kick, sophomore Lindsay Mondloch placed a perfect cross into the box, where Okeowo used her size to get the first touch, a header into the right side of the goal.
The strike was her seventh goal of the season and tied O'Reilly for a team-leading fourth game-winning goal. Mondloch's assist was her fifth of the season.
With a one-goal lead at the half, the Captains would strap in defensively after the break and held on for the win. York would put eight of their 13 shots in the second half on goal, but CNU's rookie goalkeeper, Haley Casanova, was up to the task, stopping each one.
The Spartans missed on several close chances, but Casanova's athleticism saved several near goals. In the 68th minute, she went up against a defender and held onto the ball despite contact. Then, in the 71st minute, Jenn Lindsay laced a hard shot to the top of the goal, but Casanova's outstretched arms deflected the shot into the crossbar.
The biggest chance for York came in the final moments, when leading scorer Clare Chatham found herself loose down the right side. Dribbling right toward Casanova, Chatham tried to set up one of her teammates with a pass across the goal mouth, but neither player could reach the ball in time and CNU averted the late-game chance.
Okeowo led the Captains attack in her final home regular season game, taking six shots with three on-goal. The CNU offense was outshot, 19-17, including a 9-5 edge in shots on-goal. Dale Mason, a defender, led the Spartans in shots with five, putting two on-frame.
CNU will finish out the regular season on the road, starting with a trip to Mary Washington on Wednesday, October 23. The game will kick off at 3:30 pm.