BALTIMORE, MD - The York College men’s soccer team took to the road Wednesday night and edged #5 Johns Hopkins University 2-1 in non-conference action. The Spartans (15-1, 5-1 CAC) record their second win over a top ten opponent as the green and white defeated Messiah College barely over one week ago. With the loss the Blue Jays fall to 13-2 for the season.
Johns Hopkins jumped out in front early as the Blue Jays got the better of the play during the opening minutes. The Blue Jays relentless attack put a great deal of pressure on the York side. In the 12th minute a penalty kick was awarded to JHU after a York foul inside the penalty box. Nick Gauna converted his tenth goal of the season giving Hopkins the 1-0 advantage.
As the Spartans settled into the match the momentum slowly shifted in favor of the green and white. Just before the 40th minute, Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) wrapped a beautiful ball from the right flank to an on-running Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North). Mancuso was challenged by Hopkins goalkeeper Matt Mierley but was able to touch a pass to an awaiting Matt Detzel (York, Pa./Central York). The senior promptly struck the ball to the back of the Blue Jay net to even the score at one.
As the second stanza commenced, the green and white continued their strong play controlling much of the action. The constant pressure from York’s attackers created several dangerous that finally resulted in a penalty-kick in the 77th minute. Kurt Lane (Cochranville, Pa./Octorara) collected the ball and was headed to goal when he was brought down in the box by a Blue Jay defender. Senior Matt Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) confidently stepped to the spot and knocked a ripper that resulted in the eventual game-winning tally for the Spartans. Mierley almost made the save but the ball slipped just under him and trickled across the goal line.
With 1:35 left to play, it looked as if the Blue Jays would even the score when Max Venker snapped a header toward the far upper corner of the Spartan goal. York netminder Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) proved up to the challenge as the junior batted the ball away from danger to preserve the victory.
Midfielder Ryan Eaton (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) played exceptionally well for the Spartans in his nearly 25 minutes of action. The insertion of the 6-foot, 205- pound senior mid-way through the second half provided an intimidating presence in the Spartan midfield in what was very physical match.
On the night, York led in shots 14-11 while the sides drew even in corners with three apiece.
Marks earns his 14th victory of 2007 for the Spartans collecting five saves over his 90 minutes of work. Mierley takes the loss in the Blue Jay goal as he recorded four saves on the evening.
This Saturday, the green and white travel to Fredericksburg, Va. to take on Capital Athletic Conference rival Mary Washington in a crucial conference battle. The Spartans’ final CAC match of the regular season kicks-off at 1:00 pm.