YORK, PA – The Salisbury University got an overtime goal with 1:26 remaining in the first overtime as the Gulls registered a 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference win over the York College Spartans on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in York. The Sea Gulls improve to 6-2-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference while the Spartans fall to 3-4-3 overall and 0-1-2 in the league.
The overtime goal was not without question as the ball appeared to be over the end line but there was no call made. To the Sea Gulls' credit, Phil Buckheimer played the ball off the end line and back into the middle of the box where Jeremy Moyer on-timed the pass inside the right post for the game's lone goal.
The game was well played throughout as the Spartans had one of their strongest showings of the season against their traditional conference rival.
The Sea Gulls had the game's first great chance ten minutes into the game as Salisbury had a break away. Spartan net minder Ethan Kavanagh came out to challenge the attack. He got a piece of the initial attack but Chase Humphrey collected the loose ball but his wide-open shot was outside the left post, as the game remained scoreless.
The Spartans held a 7-4 edge in first half shots but all 11 shots were off target as neither goalie was forced to make a save. The Sea Gulls did have three corner kicks in the half while the Spartans did not have an attempt.
The Green and White came out of the second half and took the play to their guests. York registered three consecutive corner kicks in the opening 90 seconds of the stanza. York's next chance came in the 62nd minute as Pablo Martinez hit a strike from 35 yards out that just flew wide of the right post.
The Spartans best scoring chance of the game came off a Cody Pearson free kick from 30 yards out in the 70th minute. Pearson hit an absolute missile that caromed off the cross bar and bounded back into play. Spartan sophomore Chris Weaver collected the rebound and headed the ball towards the cage but the attempt was wide of the mark as the game remained scoreless.
The Green and White had one more great chance in the 84th minute as York had another free kick after a Salisbury foul. The Spartans elected to try to slide a pass around the wall but Salisbury defended the play well. The ball came out to sophomore Matt Yackel who lofted a long shot that saved by easily goalie Brandon Mumby.
The Spartans opened the first overtime with back-to-back corner kicks and a head from Martinez before the Gulls got their game-winning goal.
York finished the game holding a 16-9 edge in total shots and a 3-1 margin in shots on goal. Mumby completed the contest with three saves while Kavanagh did not register a save in the loss. York finished the game with a 9-3 bulge in corner kicks while Salisbury accumulated 15 fouls to eight for York.
The Salisbury win snaps a four-game winless streak against the Spartans. Salisbury's last win over York was a 2-0 victory in the 2007 Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship game in Salisbury.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon as they face top-ranked Messiah College in a non-conference contest. Game time at Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.
Pablo Martinez photo courtesy of Theresa Dark – Athletic Communications Student Photographer.