YORK – It may have taken five road games before the York College Panthers were finally able to play on their home turf, but it only took four minutes for them to find the back of the net. Breanna Bembenek (FR/New Lenox, IL) showed some skill as she took a through ball into the penalty area, made a defender miss, and slotted a shot just past the keeper on the near post.
From the opening whistle York was ready to make a statement as they controlled the tempo and possession throughout the first half. The Panthers were very patient with their game looking for the right opportunities to push forward and attack. In the 29th minute Bembenek found an opening and dribbled toward the end line. Right at the line she turned and crossed the ball to the top of the penalty area to teammate Amber Jimenez (FR/Gilbert, AZ), who one touched the ball off the crossbar and in for the insurance goal.
That score would hold up through the half and the game as neither team found the back of the net in the final 45 minutes of play. Central Christian had some opportunities but the were wasted by errant shots. Cassandra Martinez (SO/Madera, Calif) had eight saves in the shutout win, but none of them were too difficult for her to handle, as the Panther defense worked hard to push the Tigers off balance.
Each team was credited with eight shots on goal. Jimenez led the Panthers with four shots on goal. Rachel Meier led the Tigers with four on frame as well.
A balanced shot chart didn’t tell the whole story as the Panthers controlled the flow of the game and the middle of the field. Nadia Rodriguez (SR/Denver CO) was able to go where she wanted in the midfield and that allowed the Panthers to possess for most of the game. A balanced effort by York showed a very disciplined team that waited for the opportunities to come.
York improves to 3-2-1 on the season and will travel to Briar Cliff on Saturday afternoon in the team’s final non-conference matchup. York opens up their conference season on Sep. 27 when they travel to Salina, Kansas to take on Kansas Wesleyan.