Spartans Remain Perfect with 2-0 Win at Rutgers-Camden

Spartans Remain Perfect with 2-0 Win at Rutgers-Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. – The York College men’s soccer team remained perfect with a 2-0 win at a talented Rutgers-Camden squad on Saturday afternoon at the Scarlet Raptors homecoming game. The Spartans improve to 14-0 overall while Rutgers-Camden falls to 10-3-1 for the campaign. The game was a prime opportunity to have a let down after York captured a big 2-1 win over #2 ranked Messiah on Wednesday night but the third-ranked Spartans stayed focused and put together another workmanlike effort that has become their trademark.

The Spartans controlled play throughout the opening minutes of the contest. The green and white got on the board in the 22nd minute as Lucas Emil (Parsippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Aaron Good (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) combined to create a play for freshman Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick). Emil fed the ball to Good who delivered the ball down the middle of the field where Nuspahic finished off the chance, beating Scarlet Raptor goalkeeper Tim VanLiew for the game’s opening tally. The goal was Nuspahic’s team-leading ninth of the campaign.


The Spartans would not score the remainder of the first half despite holding a significant 15-2 edge in total shots and a 6-0 bulge in shots on goal. York also had four corner kicks while the Scarlet Raptors did not manage to record a corner in the half.


 The Spartans got their second goal midway through the second half as Emil took a direct kick at the top of the box. He drilled the shot inside the left post for the goal, his fourth of the year.


The Spartans finished the game with a big 24-10 bulge in total shots as the Raptors did well to finish the match allowing just two goals. York also held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks for the match. The Raptors committed 17 fouls to just five for York while Rutgers-Camden was booked with three yellow cards to just one for the green and white.


Kyle Marks (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) was again stellar in goal as the senior recorded the clean sheet. He recorded two saves as he posted his 23rd career shutout. The shutout is the Spartans’ 11th this year and is one of the major reasons York is ranked as the top defense in the country according to the latest NCAA Division III statistical rankings. Marks is ranked number one in the nation for save percentage as the senior continues to have a strong senior year. VanLiew made six saves as he suffered the loss for Rutgers-Camden.


The Spartans now get a much deserved week off until they return to action next Saturday when they host the 25th ranked University of Mary Washington Eagles on Senior Day in York. Game time at Graham Field is set for 2:00 pm.