FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The York College men's soccer team picked up a significant 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory Wednesday afternoon, besting host Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Spartans improve to 11-4 on the season and 5-0 in conference action while the Eagles drop to 7-3-2 and 2-1-1 in the CAC.
Level at 0-0 through the first half, despite the Green and White outshooting their hosts 6-1, York got on the board in the match's 63rd minute. Senior forward Mike O'Connell scored the Spartans' first tally, his third of the 2010 campaign, notching what would eventually become the game-winner. Pablo Martinez ripped a ball toward goal that the Mary Washington goalkeeper spilled, allowing O'Connell to knock home the goal.
A mere 2:15 after O'Connell's opening salvo, Lucas Emil gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead courtesy of a converted penalty-kick. Emil, who tallied the second goal of his senior season, provided a bit of breathing room for the Green and White.
That breathing room would not be needed however. After Emil's score, Mary Washington pushed during the final 25 minutes but their five shots over that time each went for naught. The Spartan defense held the hosts scoreless, registering York's 10th clean sheet of the season. Ten of the Green and White's 11 wins this season have come by way of shutouts.
For the match, the visiting Spartans owned an 11-8 advantage in shots while each squad recorded three corners.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Derksen notches his seventh clean sheet of the year as he made one save, a stop in the game's 85th minute. Alec Constantine notched one save as well over his 90 minutes of work.
York returns to action on Saturday, October 16, when they travel to Dover, Del. for another CAC contest. The Spartans are scheduled for a 6:00 pm tilt against the Wesley College Wolverines.
Mike O'Connell photo courtesy of Brent Duffy