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Ports Keys Spartan Win at Hamilton Tournament
GREENSBORO, NC – Jon Ports
(Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) chose a perfect time to notch his
first goal of the year Saturday, as he tallied the game winner in
the 88th minute in York’s 2-1 victory over N.C. Wesleyan. The
Spartans (2-0-1) topped the Battling Bishops (2-2) in opening game
of the Doug Hamilton Memorial Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
With the match knotted at one, sophomore standout Kemal
Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) flicked a header
to an on-running Ports. The senior All-American buried
Nuspahic’s pass with only 2:57 remaining in the game,
eventually giving the Spartans the result.
The Green and White got on the board first as senior Travis Williams (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Township) converted a penalty kick in the match’s 12th minute.
York had an opportunity to increase their advantage to two on another penalty kick just 1:07 later. However, Bishop netminder Dennis Kommol had different ideas as he thwarted Nuspahic's attempt, leaving the Spartans with a 1-0 lead.
Williams' penalty held until the game’s 63rd minute when
Javier Castrillo netted the game-tying score off an assist from
Robert Ivanovich. At the start of the second frame, the Bishops
rattled off the half’s first five shots, the fifth of which
resulted in Castrillo’s tally.
N.C. Wesleyan’s goal seemed to awaken the Spartans as York
tallied six of the game’s final seven shots, including
For the match, the Green and White posted 14 shots while the
Bishops recorded eleven attempts. The Spartans also owned a slight
3-2 edge in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Hock (Brookeville,
Md./Sherwood) posted his second win of the year as he
notched a pair of saves over his 90 minutes of action. The
Bishops’ Dennis Kommol recorded three stops throughout the
The Spartans have a quick turnaround as they play host Greensboro on Sunday at 2:30 pm in the Hamilton Tournament finale.
Jon Ports photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)