YORK, PA – The fourth-ranked York College men’s soccer team capped a strong week of play on a muggy Saturday afternoon in York with a 2-0 victory over #25 Lynchburg. The win moves the Spartans to 5-0 on the season while the Hornets fall to 5-1.
Junior All-American Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) got York on the board in the contest’s 18th minute. Brian Carr (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren Regional) made an outstanding individual effort on the right sideline as he beat Lynchburg defenders to spring Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) for a breakaway. Nuspahic calmly enticed Hornet goalkeeper Matt Sturdivant off his line before slipping a beautiful pass to an on-running Ports. With Sturdivant yards from the goal, Ports was left with a wide open net and his second tally of the season.
The Hornets looked as if they would get on the scoreboard in the 35th minute as Donald Hart got into the right side of the box on a breakaway of his own. Spartan goalkeeper Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) cut down Hart’s angle to the goal and made a brilliant reaction save to knock the shot away for what resulted in a harmless corner kick.
Despite leading 1-0 at the halftime break, the Spartans were getting outshot by their Virginian counterparts 6-5. Lynchburg also held a 3-1 margin in corner kicks for the first frame.
The second stanza saw the Hornets press the Spartans for the opening 20 minutes of the half. During those 20 minutes, Lynchburg created numerous dangerous chances and played in the Spartans end of the pitch for much of the time. Their best scoring opportunity came in the game’s 58th minute off a Jared Melot corner kick. Lynchburg then ripped a shot that hit on the under-side of the cross bar and bounced down on the goal line. The Spartan defense frantically cleared the ball from danger and avoided a 1-1 tie.
After weathering Lynchburg’s offensive torrent, the Spartans were able to stretch their lead to two in the 71st minute. Junior Justin Suchoski (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) slipped a gorgeous through-ball to a cutting Nuspahic. The freshman standout then promptly hammered home his fourth goal of 2008 to Lynchburg’s far left-side netting.
Nuspahic’s score would prove to be the final tally of the match, as the green and white secured the 2-0 victory.
Marks picks up his fifth win of his senior campaign as his breakaway save would be his only stop of the match. Sturdivant played well in the Hornet net, as he made two saves in his 90 minutes of work.
York will look to stretch their winning streak to six games on Tuesday, September 16, when they travel to Gettysburg for a non-conference contest with the Bullets. The sides will line up under the lights in a 7:00 pm tilt.
Travis Williams photo courtesy of Mike Adams