YORK, PA – The York College Spartan men's soccer squad opened their 2017 home slate with a scoreless tie against Stevenson University in non-conference action in York on Saturday night. The Spartans entered the game having scored nine goals in their first two games of the year but were forced to settle for the tie after not being able to convert a number of good chances in the game.
Records: York 2-0-1, Stevenson 1-2-1
Shots: York 22, Stevenson 10
Shots on Goal: York 9, Stevenson 2
Corner Kicks: York 7, Stevenson 3
Saves: York 2, Stevenson 9
Fouls: York 13, Stevenson 18
How It Happened:
•The Spartans controlled the opening ten minutes of play but had just one shot to show for it as Keith Witherell hit a shot from the top of the box high over the goal.
• The Mustangs got a pair of decent looks in the 16th minute but both times, a Spartan defender blocked the shot before it could get to York goalie Billy Bridegum.
• York had a great chance in the 19th minute as Zion Friday collected a long outlet from Brook Addisu on the end line. Friday flicked a pass to Joel Teston in the box but the pass was just tipped and Teston had to fire an off-balance shot that went high.
• The Mustangs Tariq Lee had a great opportunity on a counter in the 23rd minute as he lofted a shot over Bridegum who had come out to challenge the play. Lee's shot took a big bounce and hit the cross bar, bounding back into play, saving what looked like a sure goal for the visitors.
• York built up another good opportunity in the 26th minute as Cristobal Corvalan hit a blistering shot that was stopped by Jake Brown on the near post.
• The Spartans held a 7-3 edge in total shots and a 3-0 margin in shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes of play. The Green and White also held a 4-0 advantage in first half corner kicks.
• York had a great first chance to start the second half as Joel Teston hit a rocket across the box that squarely caught the left post four minutes into the second half. It's the second time in this young season that Teston has hit a shot square off the frame of the goal as the senior has continued to play well for the York with little to show for it.
• The Spartans controlled most of the second half but that control would not pay off in a regulation victory.
• Stevenson had their best opportunity of regulation in the 87th minute as DR Medtart fired a shot that was turned away by a sprawling Bridegum. Lee had a follow up shot that sailed over the cross bar, keeping the game scoreless.
• York had one final shot with eight seconds left in regulation as Ben Mochan drilled a strike off a loose ball in the box that Brown stopped, sending the game into overtime.
• York started off the first overtime with a pair of shots but the most dangerous chance of the period came off the foot of Lee as he blasted a shot that just edged over the cross bar with three seconds left in the first OT.
• The teams traded great chances in the opening three minutes of the first overtime as Addisu had a shot that was saved by Brown while Bridegum stopped Dylan Holy just over a minute and a half later to preserve the scoreless tie. Both teams got another shot over the final six minutes but both missed the mark as the teams would settle for the draw.
Cristobal Corvalan: 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Tony Mosqueira: 2 shots on goal
Danny Morgan: 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Brook Addisu: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Dylan Holy: 1 shot on goal
DR Medtart: 1 shot on goal
Jordan Fields: 1 shot
Eric Dorsey: 1 shot
Tariq Lee: 3 shots
Billy Bridegum (YCP): 110 minutes played, 0 goals against, 2 saves (Tie, 2-0-1)
Jake Brown (SU): 110 minutes played, 0 goals against, 9 saves (Tie, 1-2-1)
The Spartans are now 19-1-3 all-time against the Mustangs … the tie snaps and 11-game win streak against Stevenson … the game was very physical as there were a combined 31 fouls though there could have been plenty more … the scoreless tie is the second during the three-year tenure of Spartan head coach Evan Scheffey (@ Frostburg State on October 12, 2016) … the Spartans are 2-3-4 in overtime under Scheffey … the 22 shots for the Spartans were a season-high … the shutout was the first for freshman keeper Billy Bridegum … Bridegum registered just two saves but both were big-time stops for the freshman.
The Spartans return to Graham Field on Sunday to face Gettysburg in a key non-conference contest. The Spartans and Bullets kick off at 4:00 pm at Graham Field.