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Spartans Capture Regular Season Championship with 1-0 Win
SALISBURY, MD – The York College men's soccer team posted a crucial 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory at Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon. The win earns the Spartans the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference regular season crown and also the number one seed in the upcoming CAC post-season tournament.
York improves to 14-4 overall and 7-0 in the conference while the Sea Gulls fall to 12-3-1 overall and 6-2 in the league.
The Sea Gulls had the first good opportunity of the game in the 8th minute as Stafford Chipungu had a break away opportunity but his shot just slid over the cross bar resulting in a Spartan goal kick.
The Green and White got a chance in the 12th minute as Mike Gill flicked a header on goal after a throw in but Salisbury goalie John Vnenchak made the save to keep the game scoreless.
The Spartans got the game's lone goal in the 17th minute as sophomore Antonio Bua lofted a shot from 35 yards out. A Salisbury defender had the ball carom off him into the goal near post as the Green and White took the early lead. The goal is Bua's third tally of the year.
Things got a little crazy for the Spartans as Gill drew consecutive yellow cards to earn a red card, leaving the Green and White down a man for the next 60 minutes of the game until the Sea Gulls got a red card late in the game.
Spartan junior Kemal Nuspahic almost made it 2-0 in the 31st minute off a free kick from the right side, forcing Vnenechak to make a sprawling save. Salisbury held a 6-4 edge in first half shots while both teams put three shots on goal in the stanza.
The Sea Gulls had a number of chances in the second half but the Spartan defense stood tall in capturing the regular season title. In the 56th minute, Mike Napolitano hit a free kick that just missed wide of the goal. Salisbury fired off 10 second half shots but only put two on target as Spartan goalie Jesse Derksen recorded his eighth shutout of the year.
Salisbury finished the game holding a 16-5 edge in total shots but just a 5-4 margin in shots on goal. The Sea Gulls had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.
The game was an extremely physical contest as each team was whistled for 22 fouls. There were a combined three red cards and a combined eight yellow cards as the rivalry between the CAC's two top programs is as intense as ever.
Derksen recorded five saves in the win while Vnenchak suffered the loss as he recorded three stops for the Sea Gulls.
The Spartans conclude their regular season on Tuesday afternoon when they host Hood College. The game is preceded by Senior Day ceremonies as the Spartans will honor their senior players. Kick off is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
Antonio Bua photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com