Spartans, Blue Jays Draw 0-0 in Baltimore

Spartans, Blue Jays Draw 0-0 in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, Md. – The York College men's soccer team posted their second straight draw of the 2011 campaign Tuesday evening, tying host Johns Hopkins 0-0 in 110 minutes of scoreless double-overtime action. With the non-conference draw, the Spartans and Blue Jays both move to 3-2-2 on the season.

Neither side was able to do much in their respective attacking thirds throughout the first half. The first 45 minutes saw York tally three shots, two of which came in the first eight minutes, while Hopkins mustered a pair of attempts.

Following the halftime break, both teams found a bit more offense as they combined for eleven shots in the frame. Spartan goalkeeper Jesse Derksen recorded three saves over the second 45-minute span while the Green and White also cleared one off the line to help keep the tally a 0-0.

The first overtime session provided a several fireworks as both squads looked to end the match. York nearly brought the game to a close as the Spartans notched the first three shots of the period. Blue Jay goalkeeper Nick Cerrone saved two of those Spartan attempts while Aaron Beale hit an attempt that clanged off the crossbar in the 97th minute.

With only four seconds to play in that first overtime, Hopkins' Corey Adams nearly gave the home squad the victory but the Spartans saved the game by the clearing yet another attempt off the line.

The final overtime frame proved quiet as neither side was able to record a shot.

For the match, York finished with an 11-9 lead in shots while holding a slight 2-1 edge in corners.

Derksen records his first clean sheet of the season, making a trio of stops over his 110 minutes. Cerrone also posts a shutout courtesy of four saves throughout the match.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, September 24, when they host Wesley in a Capital Athletic Conference tilt. Game time from Graham Field is slated for 3:00 pm.

PHOTO: Aaron Beale plays a ball in a contest during the 2010 campaign.