YORK, PA-The York College men's soccer team opened their 2007 conference slate in impressive fashion as the Spartans defeated Hood College, 7-0, on Monday afternoon in York. The Spartans were all business as five different Spartans recorded goals. Extending their nation’s best unbeaten streak to 47 consecutive games, the green and white improve to 7-0 (1-0 CAC) while Hood drops to 3-3 (0-1 CAC).
Looking for an early lead, York got on the board in the fourth minute of action after a Hood foul left the Spartans with a free kick just outside the box. Senior Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md. / Patapsco) clipped a nifty ball to a streaking Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md. / McDonogh) who beat Hood goalkeeper Shawn Fernholz to the far left post for the 1-0 advantage.
Merely five minutes later, Wheeler dished out his second assist as he and Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) connected for the score. The All-American played a bounding ball through the box to a wide-open Mancuso who bravely headed home the tally past the on-rushing Fernholz. Mancuso’s tally on Wheeler’s team-leading seventh assist gave put the home squad up 2-0.
The Spartans continued the offensive onslaught as Kurt Lane (Cochranville, Pa. / Octorara) found Ports in the 24th minute of play. Ports calmly collected Lane’s feed and hit his shot just off the inside left post for York’s third notch.
Finishing up the first half scoring, Brett Sauerberger (Tinton Falls, N.J. / Monmouth Regional) and Mike O’Connell (Bowie Md. / Archbishop Spalding) combined for a beautiful goal in the 32nd minute. Sauerberger played a rope of a cross from the left side of the pitch to the far right post where O’Connell slammed home the header. The tally gave York a 4-0 lead heading into the break.
In the 56th minute of action, Ports assisted Mancuso for the senior’s sixth goal of the 2007 slate. Ports registered his second assist of the match, as well as his sixth point of the game, on a 60th minute corner kick. The sophomore forward struck a wonderful ball to the near post where Adam Good (Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown) was able to snap his header into the net. Good’s score is the first of his young Spartan career.
Van Hare (Hanover, Pa. / Southwestern) finished off the scoring in the 80th minute as he collected a through ball and beat Fernholz for the seventh and final tally of the match.
Constantly bombarding the Blazer net throughout the 90 minutes of play, the green and white registered 30 shots while Hood could only manage a mere six attempts. York also led in corner kicks 9-0.
Goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury) recorded one save and garnered the win for the Spartans while both Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md. / Sherwood) and Kyle Brooten (Gladstone, N.J. / Bernards) saw significant minutes in goal during the match.
Fernholz was under steady pressure throughout his 90 minutes between the pipes, but was able turn away 12 Spartan shots making several athletic saves.
After a few days rest, the Spartans travel to Lynchburg, Va. for a 5:00 pm match on Saturday. The Hornets will be a formidable opponent for the green and white, as they are currently ranked eighth in the South region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.