CAMDEN, N.J. – The outstanding 2013 York College men's soccer season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to #2 Rutgers-Camden in the Sweet 16 on a cold Saturday night in Camden, N.J.
The Spartans conclude their campaign with a mark of 19-3-1 while the Scarlet Raptors head to the Elite Eight with a record of 21-0-2. The Scarlet Raptors' win gains a measure of revenge after the Spartans dismissed Camden in penalty kicks in last year's NCAA Tournament second round match in York.
The two teams went back and forth in the early, as the momentum seemed to shift fluidly between the teams. The Spartans had ample opportunities as York had eight corner kicks in the opening 38 minutes of the game. Unfortunately for York, the Green and White wouldn't be able to convert any of their eight corner kicks or any of their six shots over the that 38 minute period.
The Raptors cashed in an opportunity in the 40th minute as Keegan Balle scored off a pass from Connor Hurff from 25 yards out, giving the hosts the 1-0 lead. Camden struck again just before the half when Joe Auleta collected a loose ball off a deflection and banged home another 25 yard shot. Auleta's goal was his second of the year and came just 1:57 before the half.
Both teams managed seven first half shots but the Raptors held the two-goal advantage.
The Raptors wasted little time adding to the lead 5:47 into the second half when Balle struck again, this time off a pass from Bobby Foster.
With the three-goal lead, the Raptors sat back and settled in on defense, happy to take a few counters when the opportunities presented themselves. The Spartans pushed forward in attempt to keep the season alive. York broke up the Camden shutout when sophomore standout Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) continued is post-season scoring surge with his third NCAA Tournament goal off a pass from fellow All-CAC sophomore Ryan Donahue (York, Pa./York Suburban) in the 58th minute. Donahue fed a long ball into the box that Saberton finished off inside the left post.
Saberton finished his sophomore year with ten goals to lead the Green and White.
York kept pressing but Camden would keep the Spartans off the board the rest of the way as the Raptures captured the Elite Eight berth.
The two teams both had 16 shots with Camden holding a slim 8-7 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans had a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Mike Randall earned the win in net for the Raptors as he notched six saves. Junior Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) made five saves for the Green and White.
The Spartans must say goodbye to a eight seniors as Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro), Daniel Baxter (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College), Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township), Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic), and Tanner Good (Navron, Pa./Pequea Valley) closed out their Spartan careers in the contest. The class combined for four Capital Athletic Conference titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances including a mark of 3-3-2 in the tournament, and 64 total wins, good for an average of 16 victories per year.