ST. MARY'S CITY, MD – The 14th ranked York College men's soccer team remained red hot with their fifth straight win as they downed St. Mary's College 4-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in St. Mary's City, MD.
The Spartans improve to 12-2-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAC while the Seahawks fall to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Spartans started the scoring early as Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) was taken down in the box just 2:19 into the game. Senior Justin Facer (Prospect Heights, Ill./North Allegheny) took the penalty kick and drove it home for the game's opening tally. The goal was Facer's first of the year.
York tacked on a second goal just 1:35 later as Bua received a pass from Matt Yackel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) and beat Seahawk keeper Austin Brown for the 2-0 Spartan lead. The goal is Bua's sixth of the year as he is tied with Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) for the team lead in goals scored.
The Green and White added to the lead in the 26th minute as freshman Greg Bechard (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) scored off a pass from junior Pablo Martinez (Cheltenham, Pa./Northeast Catholic) for the 3-0 lead. The tally was Bechard's second of the campaign.
York kept the beat going in the second half as junior Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township) banged home a header off a Cody Pearson (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic) corner kick to push the York lead to 4-0 in the game's 61st minute. The goal was Johnson's fourth of the year.
The Spartans finished the game with a sizable 34-4 margin in total shots while they also had a 17-2 edge in shots on goal. The Spartans had 10 corner kicks to just one for the hosts.
Senior Jesse Derksen (York, Pa./Susquehannock) earned the win as he played 57:58 and registered York's only two saves in the game. The shutout for the Spartans was their third straight and sixth overall.
Brown suffered the loss but he was under constant pressure all game long. Brown, a junior, made a career-high 13 saves for the Hawks in his 90 minutes of play.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Frostburg State University in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest. Kick off at Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.