YORK, PA – The ninth-ranked York College men's soccer squad opened their home campaign with a solid 3-0 win over North Carolina Wesleyan on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon in York.
The Spartans improve to 2-0 while the Battling Bishops fall to 1-1.
The opening 20 minutes of action saw the play be primarily in the middle of the pitch. The Battling Bishops would have their best chance of the game on a restart in the game's eighth minute. NC Wesleyan's Halldor Bjarneyjarson crushed a shot from about 28 yards out. His shot was high and squarely struck the cross bar before rebounding harmlessly back into the field of play where the Spartnas cleared the ball.
The Spartans slowly started to seize control of play and opened the scoring in the 26th minute of play. Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township) drew a foul just outside of the box. Senior Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) took the restart and fed a beautiful ball to Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) who finished the play inside the right post to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead.
York tacked on a second goal just over four minutes later. Christopher Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) collected a loose ball along the left sideline. He drove the ball long to brother Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) who one-timed the ball across the box to an onrushing Yawo Baah (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield). Baah slotted home the pass for his first collegiate goal.
The Spartans continued to carry the play in the second half as the game got chippy and physical.
York got a quick opportunity just 25 seconds into the second half but Brendan Saberton's shot missed the mark high.
The Spartans tallied their third and final goal in the 58th minute. Brendan Saberton hit a low header that crossed the box in front of Bishops' goalkeeper Drew Thompson. The ball found the foot of a charging Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) who drove home the pass for his second goal of the year.
That would be more than enough for the Spartan defense as the Green and White allowed just three total shots in the second half.
York finished the game with a 17-7 edge in total shots including a 9-2 margin in shots on goal.
Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) played the first 66:10 as he recorded two saves in the win. He has not allowed his goal in 156:10 of work so far in 2013. Freshman Charlie Johnson (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) played the final 23:50 and was not forced to make a save during his first collegiate stint.
Thompson registered six saves in his 90 minutes of work in the Bishops' net.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host Penn State Abington in a non-conference contest. Game time is slated for 2:00 pm at Graham Field.
Tobi Iguade photo courtesy of Chelsea Bock