NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College men's soccer squad had their 2019 campaign end as the top-seeded Christopher Newport Captains blanked the Spartans 3-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday night in Newport News. The Captains got an early goal in the first half and salted away the win with a pair of second half tallies.
The Captains advance to face the second-seeded Mary Washington Eagles in the conference championship game on Saturday in Newport News.
Final Score: York 0, Christopher Newport 3
Records: York 9-9-2, CNU 13-2-3
Shots: York 15, CNU 15
Shots on Goal: York 8, CNU 8
Corner Kicks: York 5, CNU 5
Saves: York 5, CNU 8
Fouls: York 11, CNU 11
How It Happened:
• The play was back and forth early with both teams registering shots over the first 10 minutes of play. Spartan forward Zion Friday nearly got a goal in the 12th minute but a Captain defender cleared the shot off the line to keep the game scoreless. Two minutes later, the Captains got a goal off a set piece from 20 yards out as Cory Hogge bent a shot around the Spartan wall into the left side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
• Each team had a few moderate chances over the final 30 minutes of the first half but neither team found the mark as the Captains took the one goal lead to the half. York outshot the Captains 7-5 in the first half while CNU held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
• The Captains looked like they had added to the lead in the 61st minute as Justin Smith banged a shot off the crossbar. The Captains started to turn up the pressure on the Spartans. That pressure paid off in the 70th minute as Brendan Todd hit teammate Sam Dickinson with a give and go that Dickinson finished low and right for the 2-0 Captain lead.
• CNU removed all doubt about the final result of the game as cruised into the box and fired a shot high into the right side netting for his eighth goal of the year with just over two minutes left in the game.
Joey Faddoul: 4 shots, 1 shot on goal
McClain Smith: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Zion Friday: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Danny Morgan: 2 shots on goal
Cory Hogge: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Lincoln Kickbush: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Sam Dickinson 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
Brendon Todd: 1 assist
Ethan Larson: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Josh Kappes (YCP): 90:00 minutes played, 3 goals allowed, 5 saves (Loss, 3-2)
Justin Piercy (CNU): 90:00 minutes played, 0 goals allowed, 8 saves (Win, 13-2-3)
The Spartans end their run in the Capital Athletic Conference as York heads to the MAC next fall … the Spartans are now 7-9-5 all-time against CNU as the Captains have won three in a row in the series … all three games this year were shutout wins for CNU as they outscored York by a combined total of 7-0 … York is now 11-10-2 all-time in the CAC Tournament semifinals … York finishes their run in the CAC tournament with an all-time record of 34-16-3 with eight CAC titles (1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
The loss closes out the career of York's ten Spartan seniors. Brook Addisu, Marc Murgo, Tony Mosqueira, Keith Witherell, Ali Demiri, Malcom Djiki, Sam Johnson, Barak Amige, Isiah Dorsey, and Joey Faddoul all played their final game in the Green and White on Wednesday night. The class posted 34 wins over the last four years.