ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Kemal Nuspahic tallied two goals and added an assist Saturday as he led the York College men's soccer team to a commanding 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference road triumph over St. Mary's (Md.). The victory improves the Spartan record to 7-3 on the year including a 2-0 mark in CAC action while the Seahawks fall to 2-6-1 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The York side jumped out in front in the first half on Nuspahic's second tally of the 2010 campaign. As the game just spilled into the 16th minute, sophomore standout Antonio Bua sent in a service from the right side of the pitch. St. Mary's goalkeeper Paul Spranklin dove in an attempt to cut off the cross but the ball came through to Nuspahic who knocked home the Green and White's first tally of the afternoon. That score would prove to be the eventual game-winner, Nuspahic's second such tally of the year.
Following the halftime break, the York side looked to increase their lead just 33 seconds in, as a strike from Bua clanged off the Seahawks' post.
The Green and White would however, extend their advantage to 2-0 in the 61st minute. Another service from the right side of the field proved fruitful as Nuspahic sent in the cross. Getting on the end of the serve, senior forward Mike O'Connell one-timed his attempt into the lower left corner. O'Connell's second tally of the season gave the Spartans a two-goal cushion and important breathing room.
Bua and Nuspahic would combine one more time to register York's third goal of the CAC contest. The Spartan sophomore slipped in a diagonal pass, once again coming from the right side of the pitch, to Nuspahic. The all-conference and all-region forward beat a defender and then Spranklin to touch home the third tally of his junior campaign.
The remainder of the contest went quietly as York snagged an important in-conference win.
For the contest, the Green and White posted a 17-3 lead in shots while only allowing their hosts just one attempt throughout the second 45 minutes. York also led 4-1 in corner kicks.
Spartan goalkeeper Jesse Derksen tallies the victory as he was forced to make only one save during his 73:23 between the pipes. Ethan Kavanagh relieved Derksen, playing the final 16:37 to nail down the win. Spranklin suffers the loss for the Seahawks after making a trio of saves.
Owners of a current three-match winning streak, the York side will look to stretch that figure to four in a row on Wednesday, September 29. The Spartans are slated for a trip to Lynchburg for a 6:00 pm non-conference contest with the Hornets.
Kemal Nuspahic photo courtesy of Brent Duffy