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Ports and Wheeler Combine Twice in Spartans' Overtime Victory
YORK, PA - The York College men’s soccer team slipped past visiting St. Mary’s College of Maryland in a 2-1 overtime thriller in Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference match. The Spartans scored their pair of tallies in a span of 4:28 as regulation closed and overtime began. With the victory, York improves to an impressive 12-1 (5-1 CAC), while the Seahawks fall to 5-7 (2-4 CAC).
The Spartans looked sharp early in the match, rattling off the games first three shots.
Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North) and Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md. / McDonogh) were very dangerous on as the Spartans looked to gain the early lead.
Unfortunatley for the green and white, St. Mary’s got on the board first as Mikael Tigrett finished an Alex Pyzik pass to put the Seahawks up 1-0 19:33 into the match. Pyzik turned the corner on the right side of the pitch forcing a York defender into a tough challenge, leaving the middle of the box wide open. Pyzik calmly found Tigrett standing all by himself ten yards from the Spartan goal. The senior forward promptly buried his shot giving the visitors the early advantage. The tally is the first goal the York squad has conceded in any first half this season.
Both sides battled hard throughout the rest of the period and deep into the second stanza. In the 69th minute, it looked as if the Spartans would tie the game at one goal apiece when Ports blasted a rocket that seemed destined for paydirt. Seahawk goalkeeper Tim Carrier thought otherwise as he made a brilliant save tipping the ball over the crossbar to keep York scoreless.
Emotions ran high throughout the match and came to a head as time crept into the 82nd minute. A vicious tackle from a St. Mary’s defender led to a scuffle between the two sides. After both sides separated, Seahawk defender Zack Zarker was assessed a red card for his role in the altercation. With regulation coming quickly to a close and now playing a man-up, York pushed hard for the equalizer.
Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md. / Patapsco) collected the ball outside the box and beat his defender for a one-on-one with Carrier. The senior goalkeeper made another fantastic save as the ball bounded away from the goal. Fortunately for the green and white, the ricochet went directly to an awaiting Ports 25 yards out. With Carrier now well off his line, the sophomore deftly struck a beautiful shot that found the back of the Seahawk net to tie the score at one.
Moving into the overtime period, the green and white needed only 54 seconds to garner the victory. A Ports free kick from the left side of the Seahawk box found the head of Wheeler who snapped home the game winner. Wheeler’s tenth goal of the campaign sent the York faithful home happy.
For the match, the Spartans had an obscene 21-6 bulge in shots while also leading in corners 7-2.
Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury) earned the win in net for the green and white recording one save on the day. Carrier played an incredible match as he notched six saves over his 90:54 of work including several brilliant stops.
The Spartans return to action this Tuesday, October 9, hosting #4 Messiah College in a highly anticipated non-conference tilt. Game time at York’s Graham Field is slated for 4:00 pm.