YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team bested Saint Mary's (Md.) 3-1 at home in pivotal Capital Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday evening in York. With tonight's win, the Spartans have concluded their regular season and secured home field advantage for the first round of CAC tournament play, set to take place on Saturday.
Records: York 7-8-2 (5-3-1 CAC), St. Mary's 11-6 (7-2 CAC)
Shots: York 11, SMC 12
Shots on Goal: York 6, SMC 5
Corner Kicks: York 3, SMC 4
Saves: York 4, SMC 3
Fouls: York 11, SMC 12
How It Happened:
• St. Mary's claimed a 1-0 lead late in the first half when midfielder, Juwan Kearson found Alessandro Burlew to net the ball for his first goal of the season. Burlew finished the shot in the lower left corner of the goal, just wide of Spartan goalie Billy Bridegum's diving reach.
• The Spartans answered back nearly seven minutes later. With just under ten minutes remaining in the first half, St. Mary's goalie Zack Haussler saved header shot by Marc Murgo. However, Spartan freshman Aiden Wisley collected the loose ball along the end line and crossed the ball to wide open Zion Friday who then tapped the ball into the goal.
• The teams went to the locker room tied at one as the Seahawks held a slight 5-4 edge in total shots in the opening 45 minutes of play.
• To open the second half, York maintained its fire, scoring again off a rebound just five minutes into the half. This time it was Danny Morgan who finished in the top left corner to tally his sixth goal of the season. Chris Hobbs started the play by hitting a header off the post but Morgan collected the ball in the middle of the box, turned and fired a shot into the back of the net.
• The Seahawk's first true scoring opportunity of the second half didn't come until about ten minutes into play, as a fast break by Emmanuel Oppong challenged Bridgum in goal. With Spartan defenders trailing just behind the Seahawk forward, Bridgum completed the crucial save in the one on one situation.
• With a lead to defend, the Spartans pressured the Seahawk's defense, peppering the goal with multiple attempts, many of which sailed high or outside the goal.
• Increasing their lead off a corner kick with eleven minutes remaining, York's Nathan Bilbie hit a long corner kick that found the head of Barak Amige who finished the chance to mark his first goal of the season.
• Despite matching the Spartans' second half shot count of seven, St. Mary's was unable to convert in the second half as the game concluded with a 3-1 decision, favoring the home standing Spartans.
Zion Friday: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Barak Amige: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Danny Morgan: 1 goal
Aiden Wisley: 1 assist, 1 shot
Nathan Bilbie: 1 assist
Joel Teston: 1 shot on goal
Chris Hobbs: 1 shot
Alessandro Burlew: 1 goal
Juwan Kearson: 1 assist, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Emmanuel Oppong: 2 shots on goal
Khalid Balogun: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Adam Kratz: 2 shots
Will Miller: 1 shot
Sunny Chhatani: 1 shot
Billy Bridegum (York): 90:00 minutes played, 1 goal against, 4 saves (W, 6-6-2)
Zack Haussler (St. Mary's): 90:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 3 saves (L, 11-2)
York is now 30-5-1 all time with St. Mary's as they have won two straight in the series … sophomore midfielder Barak Amige notched his first goal of the season, the second in his career this evening …. with his seventh season goal tonight, freshman Zion Friday now leads the team in goals scored … the win secured the fourth seed in the upcoming CAC tournament … had the Spartans lost or tied St. Mary's, York would have been on the road at Salisbury on Saturday … York was the sixth seed in last year's tournament and earned a first round win over St. Mary's before falling to Mary Washington … York improves to 3-4-1 at home … York has outscored their last two opponents by a combined 11-1 … prior to the win over Southern Virginia on Saturday, the Spartans had scored just four goals in their six previous home games … Zion Friday's 19 points are the most for a freshman since 2008 when Kemal Nusphaic tallied 28 points on 11 goals and six assists on his way to the CAC Rookie of the Year award … the Spartans have now won back-to-back games three times this year.
York will open the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday evening in York as they host fifth seeded Salisbury University in the tournament's opening round. Game time will be determined on Thursday by the two institutions. The Spartans and Sea Gulls recorded a 1-1 tie on Sunday, October 15 in Salisbury.
Story written by Hayley McCormick – Athletic Communications Student Intern