September 17, 2010

#12 Stevens Edges #23 York; Spartans Drop Second Straight

HOBOKEN, N.J. – For the second straight contest, the #23 York College men's soccer team came out on the short end of the final result as they fell 1-0 to host #12 Stevens Friday evening in Hoboken, N.J. The defeat drops the Spartans to a 4-3 mark while the Ducks remain unbeaten and improve 5-0-1.

Senior midfielder Nolan Sandberg provided the heroics for the Stevens side in the 63rd minute. Sandberg buried a deflected pass from Curtis Stecyk from ten yards out to give the Ducks the 1-0 advantage and the eventual game-winner.

Before Sandberg's tally however, the Spartans had plenty of chances of their own. The first 45 minutes would see the Spartans post their most opportunities as York outshot Stevens 9-4 in the frame. Of the Green and White's nine shots in the half, four that required saves from starting Duck goalkeeper Zach Carr.

Stevens also nearly tallied a first stanza score as Sandberg clanged a shot off the post at the 10:24 mark. Proving to be a significant offensive threat, Sandberg notched three of the Ducks four opening half shots.

After the 0-0 first 45, Sandberg found paydirt on his fourth attempt as tallied 17:37 into the second half. After his score, Stevens surged for an insurance goal as the Ducks rattled off the game's next four shots and six of the next seven tries. Fortunately for the visitors, none would find the back of the net allowing York time to notch the equalizer.

Despite the opportunity, the Spartans had trouble creating dangerous chances in the final minutes. The Green and White could only post three shots over the final 27 minutes, although all three – one from Mike Gill and two from Kemal Nuspahic – were on target.

For the game, the squads tied 13-13 in shots – York led 9-4 in the first half before the Ducks outshot their visitors 9-4 in the second.  Stevens did grab a 6-4 lead in corners as the Spartans were not able to generate any in the second stanza.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Derksen suffers the defeat as he made four saves on the evening. Derksen's solid play, including a diving save in the 78th minute on a Zach Bowman attempt that was heading for the upper right corner, kept the Spartans in the match throughout. Carr picks up the win as he made seven saves for the Ducks.

The Spartans, who lost to Kean 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon, drop back-to-back matches the first time since the 2005 campaign. On September 14, 2005, the Green and White lost 2-1 to Messiah in double overtime before falling in their next contest to Salisbury 1-0 on September 17.

York will now look to get back into the win column as they return home to Graham Field. The Spartans host North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday, September 19 in a 2:00 pm non-conference tilt. The Battling Bishops invade Graham Field sporting a 6-1 record with their only loss coming to Stevens as they fell 2-0 to the Ducks last Saturday.

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Jesse Derksen photo courtesy of Brent Duffy