Heart-Racing Spartans Nab Another OT Victory
HOBOKEN, Nj.- The York College Men's Soccer team (18-2-1) continued its CAC success with a 1-0 overtime victory over Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) (12-5-3).
The game opened with a quick attack by the Spartans, with a Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md. / Archbishop Curley) shot, corner kick, and a Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro) shot, all within the first minute. The Spartan offense was unable to attack until ten minutes later in the game, with three successive corner kicks. Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J. / Delran) and the Spartan defense were only threatened once in the first half as the Spartans outshot their opponent 13-1 in the first half.
The second half opened with more attacks by York that just seemed to miss. The Spartan offense was relentless but was unable to capitalize on their opportunities. The 2nd half was played mostly around midfield, with the Spartans defense proving to be stout. As the half ticked to a close in the draw, Mount St. Mary brought the offensive pressure. The Knights threatened to score late with a last second shot, and they seemed to gain momentum as the game headed into overtime.
Overtime started for the pressure experienced Spartans, who looked to remain calm and find their shot. Just a minute into the first overtime period, the Spartans finally broke the scoreless draw as Jake Hower saw a nice opportunity in front of the goal. The senior lofted the ball to fellow senior, Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md. / DeMatha Catholic), who knew what to do with a nice pass. Iguade took the pass with his forehead and let the ball fly past the goalkeeper, Matt Darling, straight into the net. Tobi's fourth goal of the year was a spectacular game winner to give the Spartans a nice start to their NCAA title run.
The Spartans finished the day with a 23-6 shot advantage, to go along with their 14-3 corner kick advantage. Schmidt stayed consistent and notched two saves while the Knights goalie, Darling, had seven big saves against the Spartans.
York advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, November 17. The team will play Stevens Institute (who won 2-0 over Baruch) at 5 pm, in Hoboken.