November 1, 2007

Men's Soccer Vies for Third Consecutive CAC Title

On Saturday, the York College men’s soccer team travels to Salisbury University for the Capital Athletic Conference Championship at 2:30 pm.  Both are stellar squads as the Spartans carry a 19-1 mark, including a ten-game winning streak, while Salisbury’s record stands at 14-4-1 winners of five straight.

The Spartans look to win their third consecutive CAC tournament championship and have been in the finals for five straight seasons.  The Sea Gulls look for their first title in two seasons, which would be their sixth overall.

York’s only loss of the season came at the hands of the Sea Gulls on September 29 in York.  Kyle Sterling’s unassisted tally in the 79th minute knocked-off the then-ranked #1 Spartans 1-0.  The two sides have faced each other in the CAC finals in three out of the past four seasons with Salisbury winning two of those matches.

The Spartans enter the title game after dismantling Villa Julie College 8-0 in the semifinals.  Six different Spartans scored en route to the convincing victory.  

The York offense is paced by sophomore standout Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) who has recorded a CAC-leading 15 goals and 15 assists.  After playing his freshman year at Division I powerhouse Maryland, Ports has taken the CAC by storm posting nine goals and seven assists in conference play.  

Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) has also provided York with additional offensive firepower, as the senior has notched 13 goals to go along with seven assists.  Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco), last year’s CAC Player-of-the-Year, has registered eleven goals and ten assists in 16 matches.

Salisbury ousted Wesley College 4-0 on Wednesday to set up the rematch. Mike Napolitano tallied twice and Sterling added a pair of assists in the victory.  Sterling and Napolitano have proven extremely dangerous this year ranking first and second in scoring for Salisbury.  Sterling, a sophomore midfielder, has racked up a team-leading 14 goals and eleven assists.  Napolitano has made a major impact during his freshman campaign scoring eleven times for the Sea Gulls while chipping in one assist.

The CAC Champion will receive the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, which begins November 7.  Brackets for the tournament will be published on www.ncaasports.com in the morning of November 5.

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