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Second-Half Flurry Lifts Spartans Past TCNJ
NEWPORT NEWS, VA-Three minutes and 44 seconds. That is all the time the York College men’s soccer team would need to tally a trio of goals in their 3-0 win Saturday over The College of New Jersey. Completing the two game sweep at the Joe Pombriant/CNU Classic at Christopher Newport University, the green and white increased their unbeaten streak to 44 consecutive games. The Spartan record climbs to 4-0 while TCNJ receives their first loss of the season (4-1).
After a scoreless first half of play, the Spartans owned a slight 6-5 advantage in shots as both teams battled to break through first.
The Spartans flurry of goals came between the 52:16 and 56:00 minute marks of the second stanza. Kurt Lane (Cochranville, Pa./Octorara) put the green and white on the board as he combined with Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh). Lane’s first goal of the 2007 campaign gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Seeing how Lane enjoyed his tally, Ports decided to notch one of his own in the 56th minute. Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) fed Ports who promptly extended the Spartan lead to two. The goal was Ports’ third in four games.
Fourteen seconds later, York added to the scoreboard when Wheeler finished his attempt on goal. The All-American collected the ball and netted his team-leading sixth tally of the year. Wheeler’s goal would prove to be the last time either side would find the back of the net
For the match, York led 16-7 in shots including a 10-2 bulge in the second period. The two teams drew even in corner kicks at five apiece.
Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) played the majority of the match in goal for the green and white, registering five saves. Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md. /Sherwood) preserved the shutout making one save over the final 16:30 of regulation. Goalkeeper Matt Kasperavicius went the distance for TCNJ, recording six stops.
The green and white return home on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to play host to Arcadia. The non-conference match is scheduled for 4:00 pm at Graham Field.