YORK, PA - The York College men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Marymount University. On senior day, the Spartans improve to 18-1 while the Saints end their season going 8-10 for the campaign.
Marymount jumped out in front early, tallying only 4:35 into the game. Saint midfielder Chris Tipton put his squad on the board first, knocking his lone shot of the match into the York net. Tipton collected the ball inside the Spartan box and neatly finished to left side netting.
Down 1-0, the York side seemed to “wake-up” and slowly started taking control of the match.
In the 24th minute of action, Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gathered the ball and made a dashing run inside the box from the right side of the pitch. After beating one defender and heading towards goal, Ports was tripped up from behind resulting in a penalty-kick. The sophomore calmly stepped to the spot and buried his 15th goal of the season. Drawing even at one goal apiece, York was finally able to settle into the match.
Concluding the first stanza in fine fashion, Lucas Emil (Parsippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) registered the second goal of his rookie campaign to give the Spartans the 2-1 advantage. A foul just outside Saint penalty box provided Emil with a great scoring opportunity that the freshman could not pass up. Emil hit a beautiful free kick that curled from right to left and finally tucked inside the near post. The Spartans went into the halftime break with the 2-1 lead.
Just over five minutes into the second frame, York scored their third and final goal of the afternoon as Ports combined with Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy). Approximately 25 yards out, Ports slipped a nifty through ball to an on running Suchoski. The midfielder deftly slotted the ball to the left of the on coming goalkeeper and into the Saint net. Suchoski’s tally gives the sophomore three scores in 2007 while Ports now has a team-leading 12 assists.
York controlled play throughout much of the second half not allowing the Saints to mount any serious threat. The two-goal lead allowed Coach Mark Ludwig to honor all eight Spartan seniors by taking them off the field together with just over ten minutes to play.
Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) earns the win in net for the Spartans as he registered one save in nearly 76 minutes of work. Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) finished off the final 14:15 also recording one save. William Brahmstedt performed admirably in the Saint net turning away seven Spartan attempts.
For the match, York held a 26-5 bulge in shots and a 12-2 advantage in corners.
The Spartans continue their CAC tournament on Tuesday. York is slated to host Villa Julie who earned their way into the semifinals with 1-0 road victory over Mary Washington. Please visit www.ycpspartans.com for Tuesday’ official game time.