Spartans Cruise to Win in CAC Opener
DOVER, DEL – The York College men's soccer team opened their 2012 Capital Athletic Conference slate with 4-1 victory at Wesley College on Saturday afternoon in Dover, Del.
The Spartans improve to 4-1-1 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Wolverines fall to 1-3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. York is ranked 19th according to the NSCAA while they are ninth in the d3soccer.com poll.
York wasted little time in ending their two-match scoreless streak as junior Daniel Baxter (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) collected a rebound off an Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township) shot off the post and put the ball in the back of the net for the 1-0 Spartan lead just 4:50 into the game.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 20th minute. Senior goalie Jesse Derksen (York, Pa./Susquehannock) ripped a long kick off a goal kick. Fellow senior Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) collected the long ball and banged home the pass for his first goal of the day.
Junior Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) closed out the first half scoring with a goal off a pass from freshman Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) just 24 seconds before the halftime horn.
The Spartan offense got their final goal of the game in the 53rd minute as Bua struck for his second goal, this one coming off a pass from Johnson as the Spartan lead ballooned to 4-0.
The Wolverines got on the board just over a minute later on a little bit of a fluky goal. Wesley's Pat Slinka sent a shot from about 65 yards out that got up in the sun. Spartan goalie Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) lost the ball in the sun and by the time he recovered the ball was going over his head into the goal.
The remaining 36:59 of the game would be scoreless as the Spartans secured the comfortable three-goal win.
Derksen earned the win as he registered four saves in his 45 minutes of work in the first half. Schmidt played 28:17 as he allowed the Wesley goal. Steve Handy (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) closed out the win with 16:43 of action as he recorded four saves in his short period of work. Mark Mattern recorded nine saves in goal for the Wolverines.
The Spartans held a 20-17 edge in total shots and a 13-9 margin in shots on goal. The Green and White held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Johns Hopkins in a big regional clash. Kick off at Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.
Jake Hower photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer