YORK, PA – On a rainy, windy, and simply dreary afternoon, the York College men’s soccer team scraped by visiting Medaille with a 1-0 victory. The Spartans move to 3-0 on the young season while Medaille continues to fall on hard luck and drops to 0-4.
The lone goal of the match came off the foot of junior Mike O’Connell (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) in the game’s 63rd minute. Newcomer Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) flipped a short, arcing ball over a Maverick defender to an on-running O’Connell. The junior then deftly chipped his shot over the Medaille goalkeeper, who made a great full-layout attempt at the save, but was simply unable to keep O’Connell and the Spartans off the scoreboard. O’Connell’s second of the season put the Spartans up 1-0 and would prove to be the game-winner.
The Spartans would have a great chance to stretch the lead to two in the 85th minute. O’Connell looked to increase his season goal total to three, when he snapped a header to the far left post. At point blank range, Maverick goalkeeper Ryan Goettel made an incredible reaction save as he dove to his right to keep the score line at 1-0.
York was able to effectively run the clock for the rest of the match and secured the 1-0 victory.
Medaille’s best chance of the afternoon came midway through the first frame. Josh Meier struck a quality free kick into the Spartan penalty area where David Pihlblad skimmed it off his head and towards the Spartan goal. The ball looked destined for the back of the net until junior defender Scott Becker (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum) got his head to the ball to force it over the crossbar.
In total, the Spartans led in shots 13-7 while corner kicks were even at four apiece. A physical contest, 44 fouls were called between the two sides and three yellow cards were issued.
Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) picks up his third win of the season as he registered three saves for the 90-minute clean sheet. Goettel was solid for the Mavericks, recording five stops.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, September 10, when they host Johns Hopkins at Graham Field in a 4:00 pm contest.