YORK, PA-With the wind whipping around York College’s Graham Field, the Spartan men’s soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to 46 games with a 5-2 victory over Christopher Newport University on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Spartans, who are ranked #1 in the nation according to d3kicks.com, improve to 6-0 overall while the Captains fall to 2-3.
The game was played in a consistent wind as gusts reached as high as 25 miles per hour during the game. Early on, the guests used the wind advantage and carried the opening 25 minutes of play. The Captains fired two of their three first half shots in the first ten minutes of the game but CNU would be unable to find the mark. York started to regain the momentum late in the half as more of the action took place in Newport’s defensive half. That momentum would result in a goal with just 1:20 remaining in the stanza as senior Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) struck an absolute beautiful cross that found the head of sophomore Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa. /Neshaminy) who promptly headed the ball home for the opening goal. The tally is Suchoski’s first of the season.
The Spartans struck again when Wheeler created a great chance for junior Kurt Lane (Cochranville, Pa./Octorara) who converted the opportunity in the 63rd minute. York received a gift goal just over a minute later as CNU goalie Matt Tengs had a ball handling error. Tengs collected a ball the Spartans played into him but he dropped the ball directly in front of Jason Yarnall (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser). Yarnall responded by tapping the ball across the end line for his first goal of the year.
The Captains trimmed the Spartan lead to 3-1 in the 65th minute as Tyler Clare collected a loose ball on a breakaway. He fed Brock Hughes who put the ball on target. A Spartan defender appeared to clear the ball off the line but the side official ruled it crossed the line for the goal. The goal was the first non-penalty kick goal of the year against the green and white.
Wheeler then took over and scored a pair of goals in 40 seconds to put the game out of reach. Wheeler finished the game with two goals and two assists for YCP.
The Captains got a cosmetic goal with 16 seconds left in regulation as Michael Caro beat a pair of reserve Spartan defenders and slid a shot between Spartan goalie Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa. /Pennsbury) and the left post. The goal was Caro’s team-leading fifth of the season.
York finished the game holding a 13-7 edge in total shots while Christopher Newport had the better of the corner kicks, 6-4.
Marks earned the win as he notched two saves in 90 minutes of action. Tengs recorded four saves for the Captains.
The Spartans return to action Monday as they host Hood in York’s 2007 Capital Athletic Conference opener. Game time at Graham Field is set for 4:00 pm.