October 4, 2008

Spartans Roll Past Greensboro on Fall Fest Weekend

YORK, PA – The York College men’s soccer team added yet another tally to the win column on Saturday afternoon, posting a 5-0 score over visiting Greensboro College. The Spartans record now stands at 12-0 while the Pride fall to 6-4-1 in 2008.

York controlled play throughout the match, which included racing out to a two-goal lead within the first six minutes of play. Senior midfielder Chris Ports (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) gave York the 1-0 advantage just 3:37 into the match. Greensboro goalkeeper Kurt Gardiner misplayed a ball just outside his own 18-yard box, allowing the ball to get behind him. An alert Ports jumped on the loose ball for an easy finish, mere yards off the Greensboro goal line.

Freshman standout Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) put the York side up by two just 88 seconds after Ports’ score. Aaron Good (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) played a great through-ball to Nuspahic who collected just outside the Pride’s penalty box, dribbled around an on-rushing Gardiner and slotted home his eighth notch of 2008.

Finding themselves up a quick 2-0, the Spartans continued to pressure the Greensboro side. The pressure would pay off in the 23rd minute in the form of a third Spartan tally. Sophomore Lucas Emil (Parsippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) slipped a fantastic pass to All-American Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) who promptly added another tally to the scoreboard, his eighth of the season.

York would take the 3-0 margin into the halftime break. The green and white owned a strong 10-2 advantage in shots and a 5-0 lead in corners.

In the 48th-minute, Jon Ports returned the favor to Emil. Ports played a through-ball to the sophomore who ran onto the pass, feigned the remainder of the Greensboro defense and scored his third of the season.

York’s scoring would finish how it started, as Chris Ports tallied the Spartan’s fifth and final goal of the day in the game’s 53rd minute. Ports collected the ball just outside the Greensboro six-yard line, dribbled across the face of the goal to beat several defenders, and finished the fifth goal of his senior campaign.

For the match, the Spartans held a commanding 19-8 lead in shots and an 8-0 bulge in corners.

Senior goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) picked-up his tenth win of the season, as he was not forced to make a save in his 45 minutes of work. Junior Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) replaced Marks at the beginning of the second frame and recorded York’s only save of the match. Freshman Kyle Connolly (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) finished off the clean sheet for the Spartans, playing the game’s final eleven minutes. The Pride’s Kurt Gardiner registered all five of Greensboro’s saves in his 71:40 of action. Patrick Mckeon came on for the final 18:20 and did not record a stop.

York will next travel to Grantham, Pa. on Wednesday, October 8, to face Messiah College. The #3 Spartans will go toe-to-toe with the #2 Falcons in a clash of two of the top teams in Division III. The match is slated for 7:00 pm.

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Kemal Nuspahic photo courtesy of Eric Linsley

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