YORK, PA - The York College men’s soccer team took their first loss in over two years, dropping a 1-0 decision to visiting Salisbury University in Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference match. The Sea Gulls (6-3-1, 2-0 CAC) hand the Spartans (9-1, 2-1 CAC) their first loss of 2007 and snap York’s 49 game unbeaten streak. Salisbury also defeated the Spartans on September 17, 2005, York’s last loss before the streak began.
The game’s only score came in the 79th minute when Salisbury’s Kyle Sterling collected the ball inside the box and promptly slotted his shot inside the far post. Sterling’s team-leading fifth goal of the campaign proved to be the game-winner for the visitors. York attempted a late push for the equalizer, but was unable to record a shot in the final ten minutes.
The Spartans looked like they were going to take the lead merely three minutes before Sterling’s goal. After a Salisbury foul granted the Spartans a free kick in their offensive third, a Mike Whalen (Philadelphia, Pa. / LaSalle) header seemed destined for the back of the net. Unfortunatley for the home squad, Sea Gull goalkeeper Greg Wellinghoff made a sprawling catch to keep York scoreless.
Neither team looked particularly sharp on afternoon, as both sides battled for every possession. York did have the better of the opportunities, tallying seven shots to Salisbury’s five, but could only manage one attempt in the second half. Salisbury took a slight edge in corner kicks, 3-1. The game was a bit chippy as 47 fouls were assessed during the 90 minutes.
Spartan goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury) takes the loss in net for the green and white. The junior did not record a save as Salisbury’s only shot on goal found paydirt. Wellinghoff registered three stops to preserve the clean sheet for the Sea Gulls.
During their unbeaten streak, the Spartans posted a 44-0-5 record. The loss also breaks York’s 16 game CAC winning streak. The green and white look to get back into the win column as they take to the field on Monday, Oct. 1 against Gallaudet. The CAC tilt is scheduled for a 4:00 pm start at York’s Graham Field.