October 5, 2013

York Men Get Heart Pounding Win in Double Overtime

YORK Pa. – The ninth-ranked York College men's soccer team posted an exciting come-from-behind 2-1 double overtime victory over Christopher Newport in a key Capital Athletic Conference match on an unusually hot and humid Saturday afternoon in York.

The Spartans improve to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the CAC while the Captains fall to 6-4-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.

In the first half, the Spartans traded scoring opportunities aplenty with the Captains. The York attack looked strong in the beginning with Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md. / DeMatha Catholic) leading the attack.  Christopher Newport took its scoring opportunities off of fast breaks against the York defense.  In the 12th minute the Captains took one of their fast breaks and a ball slipped to York goalie Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J. / Delran), who had trouble handling the ball.  The ball escaped Schmidt's hands and Christopher Newport's Ryan Balfour fired a shot just to the right of Schmidt, who had a nice dive that was just not long enough. The goal was Balfour's fifth of the year. The Captains were able to take the 1-0 lead all the way into the half.

The second half started with some quick back and forth action as the teams pushed each other hard. Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) took a nice shot that forced the Christopher Newport goalie, Sean Killian, to make a nice save. Then the Captains took another fast break and forced Schmidt to make two saves in a row. 

Senior Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md. / Archbishop Curley) helped the Green and White with another shot that was again saved. Then with 4:03 remaining, the Spartans set themselves up for another opportunity.  Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro) took the ball and passed it over to waiting teammate Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis). The senior Brummitt took the pass and fired shot from 30 yards out to tie the game up. Brummitt's second goal of the season helped take York to overtime.

The Spartans went into overtime with emotions running high and kept pressing the ball. The Captains did not give in with their defense and returned with some firepower of their own.  The first overtime closed with no shots, and the teams headed into a second ten minute overtime. 

The second overtime opened with a Spartan squad determined to end the game in their favor. The team pushed the ball quickly down the field and after a ball bounced off the hands of Killian,  Christopher Gillespie (Chapel Hill, N.C. / Chapel Hill) collected the loose ball. Gillespie tipped the ball over to junior Justin Kaiser (Bradenburg, KY / Menchville (VA)), who fired a tough low ball to the far side of the goal to give the Spartans the game-winning goal.

The goal was Kaiser's first career goal and came on just his sixth career shot.

York outshot CNU 22-15 including 11-9 in shots on goal. CNU held a 12-7 margin in corner kicks. Schmidt made eight saves in earning his tenth win of the year while Killion was outstanding in defeat with nine stops.

The Spartans won the game in front of an estimated crowd of 1,110, that was the second double overtime game of the day, with the women's soccer team experiencing a tie earlier. The men return to action on Tuesday, October 8th at Wesley College. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start in Dover, Delaware.

Written by Nate Caruso - Asst. Dir. of Athletic Communications

Spartan photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber

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