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York Rolls to 6-0 Win at Hood to Conclude Regular Season
FREDERICK, MD – The York College
men’s soccer team rolled to a solid 6-0 victory Wednesday
afternoon, downing Capital Athletic Conference foe Hood in the
Spartans’ final regular season match of 2008. The green and
white close out the 18-game slate having won each of their contests
and posting an 8-0 mark in league play. The Blazers fall to 4-12 on
the season and 1-7 in the CAC.
Freshman forward Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) provided the visitors with the early advantage, striking his eleventh score of the season 15:30 into the game. All-Americans Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Chris Ports (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) combined on the play to set up Nuspahic for the game’s first tally.
The Blazer defense would keep the game tight throughout much of the first half, as the Spartans struggled to break through for their second. York registered nine shots, including three on goal between scores, but the green and white was unable to stretch the lead.
That changed in the 44th minute when freshman Seth Hurley (Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown West) assisted junior Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy). Hurley one-timed a pass to Suchoski who, in front of the Hood goal, promptly recorded his fifth score of the year.
The Spartans simply dominated the first half of play, rattling off 18 shots and six corners while Hood managed none of either.
The flood-gates opened in the second stanza as the Spartans tallied four times over a period of 15 minutes. Adam Good (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) began the spurt after a Brett Sauerberger (Tinton Falls, N.J./Monmouth Regional) corner was slipped over to Good by freshman Matt Swiderski (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall). Good then buried his third score of his sophomore campaign to put the green and white up by a comfortable 3-0 margin.
York’s fourth score came via a rebound as Chris Ports hammered home his eighth of the year after Hood blocked a shot by Nuspahic. Up 4-0, the Spartans would add a two more during the frame.
Sauerberger notched his first goal of the year in the 65th minute after Hurley played a ball to him in front of goal. With a pair of assists on the day, Hurley’s season total now stands at six helpers, which ties him for the second highest mark on the squad in that category.
Suchoski would then finish the scoring in the game’s 73rd minute, registering his sixth score of his junior campaign.
For the game, the Spartans owned a commanding 30-4 bulge in shots and a 10-1 margin in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) takes the win in net for the Spartans, as he was not forced to make a save over his 17:17 of work. Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) relieved Marks and played the majority of the minutes between the pipes, notching one save over his 58:04 of action. Kyle Connolly (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) and Kyle Brooten (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) finished off the remainder of the contest for the green and white with Connolly registering one save over ten minutes while Brooten played the final 4:49. Shawn Fernholz played well for the Blazers making eleven stops during his 90 minutes.
As the CAC’s regular season champion, the Spartans have a bye for the first-round of the conference tournament, which will take place this Saturday. York awaits the winner of Wesley and St. Mary’s (Md.) and will host the victor on Wednesday, November 5. Please check www.ycpspartans.com for the official game time.
Justin Suchoski photo courtesy of Scott Guise