Spartans Pounce on Set Pieces, Put Away Catholic as Friday is named Tournament MVP

Spartans Pounce on Set Pieces, Put Away Catholic as Friday is named Tournament MVP

WASHINGTON D.C. – The York College men's soccer team continued to dominate in the final third, taking full advantage of their early chances to bury three first-half goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Catholic University at the "Turk" Emekli DC Classic on Sunday. The Spartans buried at least four goals for the second day in a row after defeating Carroll University (Wisc.) 4-2 on Saturday. Freshman Zion Friday finished the weekend with a goal and three assists to earn tournament MVP honors.

Records: York 2-0, Catholic 1-1

Shots: York 14, Catholic 15

Shots on goal: York 11, Catholic 5

Corner kicks: York 3, Catholic 3

Saves: York 3, Catholic 6

Fouls: York 11, Catholic 8

How It Happened:

• The game started a bit slow, with both teams playing their second game in the weekend, and the second game in less than 24 hours for the Green and White. York earned the first chance, however, in the 10th minute when Joel Teston worked for some space inside the box, but his left-footed attempt went smashing off the crossbar. The chance wasn't over, though, as the rebound fell to Zion Friday, but his shot was saved.

• York was gaining the upper hand on the field, and in the 12th minute, it showed on the scoreboard. On a free kick, Brook Addisu, who scored on one on Saturday, launched a ball into the box aimed for Friday. The big-bodied freshman flicked it on with his head to a cutting Chris Hobbs who reached it just before the Cardinal keeper, scraping it into the back of the net to give the Spartans an early 1-0 lead.

• Throughout the next 10 minutes, York continued putting the pressure on Catholic, before earning their second goal. It started when Friday, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, hustled to put pressure on a Cardinal defender in possession. He won the ball, and even managed to get in behind him and take a shot. His chance was saved, but it forced a corner. On the ensuing corner, Marc Murgo snuck his header between the keeper and a goal-line defender to double the York advantage. The corner from Cristobal Corvalan was a good one, putting the ball on a platter for the big center back.

• In the 35th minute, Billy Bridegum was forced into action, making two point blank saves when a free kick was flicked behind the York defense. There was a bit of a scrum after parrying the ball away the second time, but the freshman keeper jumped on the ball to put out the fire. Just after that, on a long throw from ­­­Kenny Crist, Dan Bechtel blasted his volley past the keeper to go up 3-0. The three-goal half was the second straight after tallying three goals in the second half against Carroll on Saturday.

• To open the second half, York immediately jumped on Catholic again, and went up 4-0 in the 47th minute off an own goal from the Cardinals. Senior defender Ben Mochan fed a ball into the box, but the attempt at a clear from the Cardinal defender ended up in the back of the net for York's fourth goal. Soon after, Teston was played in behind in the 53rd minute, but he just missed wide.

• Catholic jumped on the board with a goal from Brian Galfond to cut into the York lead 4-1. But, it was not enough to get the Cardinals back into contention, especially after losing Zachery Tashjy to a red card.

• For the second day in a row, Addisu stepped up to a free kick late in the game, and whacked another one in the back of the net. This time, the center back curled it into the top left corner of the goal, while blasting a dipping knuckler yesterday. Four goals came off set pieces for the Spartans, after succumbing to two of them on Saturday.

• Bradley Pierro scored on a late penalty kick for Catholic, and Bridegum stretched for a few big saves, but ultimately York cruised to a 5-2 victory.

Individual Stats:

Chris Hobbs (York): 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Brook Addisu (York): 1 goal, 1 shot

Dan Bechtel (York): 1 goal, 1 shot

Marc Murgo (York): 1 goal, 1 shot

Zion Friday (York): 1 assist, 5 shots, 4 shots on goal

Brian Galfond (Catholic): 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Bradley Pierro (Catholic): 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 shots on goal

Goalie Comparison:

Billy Bridegum (York): 90 minutes, 5 shots, 2 goals against, 3 saves (W, 2-0)

Zachery Tashjy (Catholic): 64:17 minutes, 8 shots on goal, 4 goals against, 4 saves (L, 1-1)

Ryan Cassidy (Catholic): 25:43 minutes, 3 shots on goal, 1 goal against, 2 saves

Match Notes:

York is now 2-0 for the 13th time in school history, and for the second straight year … the Spartans scored three goals in a half for the second time this season … York scored nine goals in the first two games of the year, the record is 14 goals set by the 1996 team … Chris Hobbs scored his second goal of the season, matching his mark from his sophomore season … he now has five goals in his career … Brook Addisu scored on another free kick, giving him two goals this year and in his career … junior Dan Bechtel netted his first career goal, and his first points of his career … Marc Murgo's goal is his second of his career … both starting center backs made their way on the score sheet in the same game … freshman Billy Bridegum made a few big saves to move to 2-0 in his career … York, after giving up two goals on set pieces on Saturday, scored four of them the same way on Sunday.

Up Next:

The Spartans have the week off before opening up at Graham Field on Saturday against Stevenson University at 6 p.m. York defeated the Mustangs 3-1 last season and hold a 19-1-2 all-time advantage against them.