October 25, 2008

Good Goal Lifts Spartans to 1-0 Victory at St. Mary's

ST. MARY’S CITY, MDAdam Good’s (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) 47th-minute tally lifted the #2 York College men’s soccer team to a 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory over St. Mary’s College of Maryland on a windy Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s City, Md. With the win the Spartans clinched the CAC regular season title while their record now stands at a sparkling 17-0 including 7-0 in CAC play. The Seahawks fall to 5-8-4 overall and 3-3-2 in league action.
    Good notched the game’s lone tally just 1:46 into the second stanza. Junior Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) played a dangerous ball into the middle of St. Mary’s penalty area where junior Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) pressured the Seahawk defense into an errant clearance. Good collected several yards outside the 18-yard box, before striking a low boring shot that ran along St. Mary’s Bermuda grass field and into the back of the Seahawk net.
    Despite tallying just once in the match, the Spartans controlled play throughout the 90 minutes of action. The windy conditions and the brilliant play of Seahawk goalkeeper Dan Gressang conspired against the green and white’s offense. Gressang made several spectacular stops to keep the Seahawks in the entire 90 minutes.
    Sophomore defender Trey Good (Narvon, Pa./Pequea Valley) looked as if he added to the Spartans 1-0 advantage in the 66th-minute. After freshman forward Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) forced Gressang to make a save on his shot, Trey Good’s ensuing attempt was cleared off the line by a St. Mary’s defender to preserve the 1-0 score line.
    The Spartans would effectively run out the remainder of the clock to secure the 1-0 victory. The clean sheet is York’s third shutout in a row and fifth in the past six matches.
    For the match, the York side owned a 22-5 bulge in shots and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
    Senior goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) picked up the win in the Spartan net as he made four saves over his 90 minutes. Gressang takes the loss despite his excellent play, making seven stops for the Seahawks.
    York concludes their 2008 regular season on Wednesday, October 29, when they travel to Hood College. The CAC tilt kicks off from Frederick, Md. at 4:00 pm.

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Adam Good photo courtesy of Steve Doemland