HARRISONBURG, VA – The York College men's soccer squad got a goal in the second overtime from Zion Friday to best the Eastern Mennonite Royals 2-1 in the season opener for both squads. Friday's goal came with just 3:16 remaining in the match.
Final Score: York 2, Eastern Mennonite 1 (2OT)
Records: York 1-0, EMU 0-1
Shots: York 13, EMU 12
Shots on Goal: York 7, EMU 7
Corner Kicks: York 7, EMU 4
Saves: York 6, EMU 5
Fouls: York 13, EMU 10
How It Happened:
• The Royals had the early edge as they fired off a pair of shots in the opening ten minutes that were on target. Spartan netminder Billy Bridegum recorded a pair of early saves for the Green and White. The Spartans seized the lead in the 14th minute as senior captain Brook Addisu unleashed a rocket from beyond the box that found the upper left 90 for the 1-0 lead.
• The Royals knotted the score in the 34th minute as Troy Davis notched a long-distance goal for EMU's lone tally of the game. The Royals outshot the Spartans 7-4 in the opening 45 minutes of play but Bridegum notched three first half saves to keep the game tied.
• The second half featured balanced and physical play as offensive opportunities were few and far between. The Spartans had just one shot on goal in the second half while the Royals had a pair of chances on target as the teams headed to overtime still tied at one.
• York dominated the first overtime as they squeezed off four shots in the period but they couldn't find the winner. The game-winner eventually came in the second overtime as Malcom Djiki hit a cross that Zion Friday finished, giving York the hard-fought victory. The game-winner came with 3:16 left in the contest.
Brook Addisu: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Zion Friday: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Malcom Djiki: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal
Sam Johnson: 2 shots on goal
Troy Davis: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Gabe Nafziger: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Carlos Flores-Melgar: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Billy Bridegum (YCP): 106:44 minutes played, 1 goal against, 6 saves (Win, 1-0)
Ahmed Zaatar (EMU): 106:44 minutes played, 2 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 0-1)
York is 4-1 in season openers under head coach Evan Scheffey … York is now 6-1-1 in thelr last eight season-openers … York is now 3-4 all-time against Eastern Mennonite as they have won two straight in the series … the match is the first against the Royals since September 6, 2003 … junior goalie Billy Bridegum picked up his 16th career win … senior Malcom Djiki picked up his first career assist on the game-winning goal by Zion Friday … the game-winner for Friday was his third game-winning goal for the Green and White … senior Brook Addisu recorded his fifth career goal in his 56th career start for the Spartans.
The Spartans get right back to work on Saturday afternoon as they face Bridgewater (Va.) in the second round of the EMU/Bridgewater Soccer Classic. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 pm in Bridgewater.