YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team recorded their third straight shutout with a big 1-0 win over the University of Mary Washington on a brilliant Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans have now won three straight with all three wins coming via the clean sheet.
Final Score: York 1, Mary Washington 0
Records: York 7-4-2 (3-2 CAC), UMW 8-3-2 (3-2 CAC)
Shots: York 8, UMW 8
Shots on Goal: York 4, UMW 3
Corner Kicks: York 2, UMW 13
Saves: York 3, UMW 3
Fouls: York 10, UMW 10
How It Happened:
• The Spartans dodged a huge bullet early as the Spartans were called for a hand ball in the box, giving the Eagles a penalty kick in the 14th minute of the game. UMW's Jacob Lovinger hit the attempt that was saved by freshman keeper Josh Kappes, keeping the game scoreless.
• The Spartans had a few opportunities over the next 20 minutes of play as Barak Amige had a pair of shots on goal but Eagle netminder Ken Kurtz registered saves for UMW. The Spartans had the final chance of the half as Joey Faddoul hit the cross bar with 24 seconds left in the first half. The ball caromed away harmless as the teams headed to the break locked in the scoreless tie.
• The Eagles took the play to the Spartans as they got six corner kicks in the opening 25 minutes of the stanza. Fortunately for York, Kappes short circuited a number of those corners with his aggressive play in the box. The Spartans finally got the break they needed in the 79th minute as Ben Ahrens was whistled for a foul just over midfield. Ethan Lloyd took the free kick and hit an absolutely brilliant pass into the middle of the box. Lloyd's pass found the head of fellow captain Marc Murgo who flicked the header home for the game's lone goal.
• The Spartans did a fantastic job of killing off the final 12 minutes of the game despite the Eagles turning up the heat in the York defensive third. The Eagles had four corners over the final 10 minutes of the game but Kappes and the Spartan defense weathered the storm and gave the Spartans their third straight shutout win.
Marc Murgo: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Ethan Lloyd: 1 assist
Joey Faddoul: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Barak Amige: 2 shots on goal
Gabriel Soriano: 2 shots
Lucas Turney: 2 shots
Jacob Lovinger: 1 shot on goal
Idrissa Barrie: 1 shot on goal
Josh Kappes (YCP): 90:00 minutes played, 0 goals against, 3 saves (Win, 2-0)
Ken Kurtz (UWM): 90:00 minutes played, 1 goal against, 3 saves (Loss, 8-3-2)
The Spartans is now 16-19-3 all-time against the Eagles … the two squads tied 1-1 in Fredericksburg last fall … freshman keeper Josh Kappes is now 2-0 in goal for the Spartans as he has pitched back-to-back shutouts for York … the Spartans had just eight shots for the second game in a row after reaching double figures in shots in their previous 12 matches … York surrendered a season-high 13 corner kicks to the Eagles … York had conceded just 14 total corner kicks in their previous four matches … senior Marc Murgo notched his second career game-winning goal on his first goal of 2019 … Murgo now has five career goals for the Green and White … junior captain Ethan Lloyd recorded his first collegiate point in his 44th career game with his game-winning assist … the Spartans now have 12 different players with at least one goal this year while there are 13 different players with at least one assist … the shutout is the sixth of the year for the Spartan defense … York has allowed just four goals in six home games this year … York is now 4-3 in games decided by one goal.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday as they head to Salisbury University to face the Sea Gulls in another Capital Athletic Conference contest. Kick-off is set for 4:00 pm in Salisbury, Maryland.