YORK, PA- The top-ranked York College men’s soccer team posted a 5-1 non-conference win over Gettysburg College on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon at Graham Field in York. The Spartans, who were elevated to the number one spot in the nation on Tuesday evening, are now 2-0 as their unbeaten streak improves to 42 games. The Bullets suffer their first loss of the year as they are now 2-1.
In 2006, the Bullets were one of two teams to hold the Spartans’ scoreless en route to a 0-0 tie on October 18. This year, Spartan senior Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) needed all of 1:32 to get the green and white on the board. Wheeler capitalized on a Gettysburg defensive breakdown as he scooped up the mistake and beat Bullet goalie Adam Finkel for the tally. The goal was Wheeler’s third of the year.
The two teams played the remainder of the half without another score as York outshot the visitors 7-2 while the Bullets held a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.
The green and white opened the second half similar to how the first stanza began as sophomore Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tallied a goal off a pass from Wheeler just 46 seconds into the half. Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) pushed the lead to 3-0 when he scored off a Wheeler assist in the game’s 50th minute as the Spartans seized control of the momentum.
Gettysburg had one bright spot as Geoff Menge tallied a goal on a penalty kick at the 53:53 mark. That goal snapped York’s defensive scoreless streak at 998:58. York had not given up a goal since October 14 when the Catholic Cardinals scored on the green and white defense. Menge’s score snapped a ten-game shutout streak for YCP. The goal was Menge’s second tally of the campaign.
York continued to build on their lead as Mancuso got his second
goal of the game as Lucas Emil (Parsippany, N.J./Morris
Catholic) fired a pass to Mancuso in the box. The Spartan
senior collected the pass and drilled a shot that just got under
the crossbar for the goal with just over 20 minutes remaining in
Senior Charlie Barrett (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop
Wood) capped the scoring as he converted a penalty kick
after being taken down in the box by a Gettysburg defender with
15:41 remaining in the game.
The Spartans finished the game holding a 14-4 edge in total shots including a 6-1 edge in shots on goal. The game was a bit chippy with 35 combined fouls and six cards in the match.
Junior Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) earned the win despite not being forced to make a save. He improves to 2-0 as he registered 81:59 in goal. Finkel absorbed the loss for Gettysburg as he allowed three goals in 58:06 of action. Matt Langston relieved Finkel and allowed two goals with no saves in 31:54 of work.
The Spartans now take to the road as they travel to Christopher Newport to face #21 Kean on Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm in the opening round of the Joe Pombriant/CNU Classic. The Spartans then face undefeated College of New Jersey on Saturday at 5:00 pm in the second round of the tournament.