Bartlesville, OKLA. – York College fought hard all night long but eventually came up short against number one seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan 4-1. Corinne McDonald (SR/Liskeard, Cornwall UK) scored the lone goal for the Panthers in the 79th minute off a pass from Breanna Bembenek (FR/New Lenox, Ill).
York’s defense held strong through the 35 minutes of play, holding the Eagles offense to nil on the scoreboard. Lily Murray finally broke through scoring the game-winning goal in the 35th minute. The high powered offense had 20 shots, but the Panthers held score going into the break down 1-0.
Oklahoma Wesleyan started to wear down the Panthers as they scattered three second half goals over a 25 minute period. York never gave up as they scored in the 79th and then forced plenty of offensive attacks in the final 10 minutes of play. York’s Bembenek led the Panthers with three shots. Cassandra Martinez (SO/Madera, Calif) was credited with eight saves, while Kate Tatum (SO/Kingwood, Texas) was credited with three.
The Panthers can not be disappointed in the season they had. A team that was picked to finish 11th in the conference surprised everyone as they finished the regular season in fifth, before winning their first KCAC postseason game in school history.
York also picked up the most wins in program history with 10. The team also picked up nine shut outs on the season. Head Coach Stefan Skillman has every reason to be excited about this team. Although he is losing five seniors, the bulk of this team is underclassmen. Of the team’s 26 goals 20 of them were scored by freshmen.
“This has been an incredible record breaking year that has established the foundation, culture and habits to build the future upon,” said Skillman.