YORK, PA-On a gorgeous summer evening at Graham Field, the York College men’s soccer team continued their winning ways defeating visiting Arcadia University 4-0. The Spartans’ are a perfect 5-0 as their unbeaten streak moves to 45 consecutive games while Arcadia drops to 0-4-1 for 2007.
From the opening whistle it was apparent that Arcadia was set on playing a defensive-minded match. The Knights put ten players on their side of the pitch hoping that sheer numbers would stymie the potent Spartan attack. Even against this set-up York combined well during the opening minutes, but were simply unable to connect that final pass. The green and white maintained most of the possession as Arcadia was content to let the Spartans come to them.
York did have difficulty in getting quality shots on target until Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md. / McDonogh) tallied in the 27th minute. Mike Whalen (Philadelphia, Pa. / LaSalle) played a beautiful long ball along the left sideline to forward Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North). Mancuso collected the pass and blasted a shot at Arcadia goalkeeper Jeff Kratohwill forcing him to make a lunging stop. Unable to hold the ripper, the rebound went straight across the goalmouth to the on running Ports who hammered it home for his fourth goal of the campaign.
As they have done so often this season, York scored shortly after their first tally. In the 30th minute of action, Mancuso and Ports combined once again. This time Mancuso was the fortunate recipient as Ports dribbled to the endline and played a ball to Mancuso who promptly gave the home squad a 2-0 advantage. It was the senior’s fourth goal of the season.
Heading into the halftime break, the Spartans held a huge margin in shots at 11-1 while also leading in corners 3-1.
Extending their lead in fine fashion, three Spartans combined for the third score in the 54th minute. Ports collected the ball on the Knights’ endline and played his pass to Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa. / Neshaminy) at the top right corner of the penalty box. The sophomore midfielder swung a lofted cross to the far left post where Whalen banged home the header notching his third goal of the season.
York finished off the scoring in the 86th minute on a goal by Mike O’Connell (Bowie, Md. / Archbishop Spalding). O’Connell hit a one-timer that caromed off Kratohwill and right back to the sophomore who knocked in the header on his second attempt on goal.
Dominating throughout the 90 minutes of action, the green and white recorded 25 shots to only two for the visitors. Furthermore, the Spartans led in corner kicks by a 9-1 margin.
In goal, Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury) went most of the way with Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md. / Sherwood) coming in to finish off the clean sheet. Hock also recorded York’s lone save. Arcadia’s Kratohwill played an exceptional match in net turning away nine Spartan attempts in addition to cutting off numerous crosses and dangerous chances.
The green and white take to Graham Field once again on Saturday hosting Christopher Newport University. The non-conference tilt is scheduled for a noon start.