Ports Keys Spartan Win at Hamilton Tournament

GREENSBORO, NCJon 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 Ports’ game-winner.

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 match.

The Spartans have a quick turnaround as they play host Greensboro on Sunday at 2:30 pm in the Hamilton Tournament finale.

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Jon Ports photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)