Spartans Strike First, Fall 2-1 to Top-Ranked Messiah

Spartans Strike First, Fall 2-1 to Top-Ranked Messiah

YORK, Pa. – The York College men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to #1 Messiah on Wednesday afternoon in York. With the defeat, the Spartans drop to 3-5-3 while the top-ranked Falcons improve to 10-0-1 on the season.

The Spartans jumped on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Sophomore midfielder Justin Facer knocked a 35-yard free kick from the left side of the field, lofting the ball toward the goal. Striking the ball just right, Facer's ball flew toward the Falcon net, over the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Jake Berry, and into the top right side of the goal. The game's first score proved to be Facer's second of the 2011 season.

However, that lead turned into a 1-1 score in the 23rd minute, as Messiah's Danny Thompson posted the equalizer. After a flurry of shots in front of the Spartan net, including one that was saved off the line by Spartan defender Trey Good, Thompson put away the rebound for his seventh tally of the year.

In the second half, it was Thompson who provided the game-winner for the Falcons. Thompson collected the ball in the midfield and then outraced the Spartan defense, getting behind the Green and White. Now in a 1v1 with York goalkeeper Ethan Kavanagh, Thompson calmly finished giving his squad the 2-1 lead in the 78th minute.

Before Thompson's second goal, Kavanagh posted a tremendous save in the 64th minute on a Messiah free kick. From approximately 22 yards out, Brian Ramirez knocked a free kick headed toward the left side of the Spartan net. Kavanagh athletically laid out to his right, holding the attempt and keeping the score 1-1.

For the game, Kavanagh posted eight saves in the York net while Berry recorded two stops for the Falcons.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, October 8, when they host Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's (Md.). Game time at Graham Field is set for 2:00 pm.

Justin Facer wins a headball during York's Wednesday match with Messiah. Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student-Photographer