FREDERICKSBURG, VA-The York College men’s soccer team disappointed the homecoming crowd at the University of Mary Washington as they captured their seventh straight victory with a 2-1 win over the Eagles on Saturday in Fredericksburg, VA. The Spartans improve to 16-1 overall as they finish the CAC regular season with a mark of 7-1, good enough for at least a regular season co-championship. Mary Washington falls to 10-5 overall and they finish their conference slate with a mark of 5-3.
The Spartans struck early as sophomore standout Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), a legitimate candidate for the conference Player-of-the-Year award, scored on a restart just 4:01 into the game. The goal is Ports’ team-leading 14th of the year.
The Eagles notched the equalizer less than ten minutes before halftime as Matt Lawrey fed Ryan Taibl for the goal.
The two squads headed to the half tied at one as Mary Washington outshot the Spartans 6-5 while they also had a 1-0 edge in corner kicks.
The green and white captured the lead in the 64th minute as Mike Whalen (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle) put a pass on the head of senior Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) who promptly headed the ball past Eagle goalie Emmett Rutkowski for the tally. The goal was Wheeler’s 11th of the year.
The Spartans hung on to the victory despite playing the final 24:17 down a man after Ryan Eaton (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) got a second yellow card on a questionable call. The Spartans limited the Eagles to just one shot in those final 25 minutes to hold on for the win.
York finished the game holding a 9-7 edge in shots while they did not record a corner kick in the match. Mary Washington finished with three corner kicks while the Eagles also held a 20-13 margin in fouls.
Junior Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) earned the win in goal as he did not record a save in the game. Rutkowski allowed both Spartan goals and did not make a save in the match.
The Spartans must wait to see if they will be the first or second seed in the upcoming CAC tournament. The green and white currently holds a half-game lead over Salisbury as the Sea Gulls have one remaining conference contest at Marymount on October 24. If the Gulls win, they will be tied with York for the regular season crown but will earn the top seed in the tournament by virtue of their 1-0 win over the Spartans in September. If Salisbury falls to the Saints, the Spartans would be the regular season champions and the tournament’s top seed.
The Spartans conclude their 2007 regular season on Tuesday evening when they travel to Susquehanna University to face the Crusaders. The match is slated to begin at 7:00 pm in Selinsgrove, PA.