Three Goals, Clean Sheet Leads to Fourth Straight Win
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The York College men's soccer team stretched their current winning streak to four consecutive matches on Thursday evening, as the Spartans bested host Lynchburg 3-0. The Green and White, who have not allowed a goal during each of the past four games, improve to 8-3 on the season while the Hornets drop to 6-3-1.
Junior midfielder Mike Gill got the Spartans on the board early as he scored his third goal of the year just 1:07 into the match. Gill got on the end of a Chris Weaver service as the captain's header gave the Green and White the early 1-0 advantage.
The Spartans tallied their second score in the 34th minute. Aaron Beale, who had substituted in for the Green and White 52 seconds earlier, struck a shot that was initially blocked by the Hornet defense. The ricochet proved fortuitous for the Spartans however, as the ball bounded to Justin Facer who popped home his third goal of the season.
York took a 2-0 lead in the halftime break after outshooting Lynchburg 12-4.
The second stanza proved a bit tighter, with the Spartans holding a narrow 8-7 lead in shots. However it would only be the Green and White that found the back of the net during the latter 45.
In the 67th minute, Cody Pearson served in a free kick for the Spartans. Andy Stromberg, one of York's talented center backs, finished off the service with a header – his second header goal of the 2010 campaign – to give York the final 3-0 result.
Picking up their fourth clean sheet in as many contests, the Spartans only allowed 11 shots, five of which came during the final 13 minutes of the match.
Jesse Derksen garners the victory in the Spartan goal as he made four saves over his 80:48 of work. Ethan Kavanagh played the final 9:12 for York, making a pair of stops. Michael Releford suffers the loss in the Lynchburg goal as he recorded four saves.
The Green and White return to action on Saturday, October 2 – during the College's annual "Fall Fest" weekend – when they welcome their newest Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State to Graham Field. The conference tilt is slated for a 2:00 pm start.
Mike Gill photo courtesy of Brent Duffy