YORK, Pa. – Sophomore midfielder Justin Facer
provided the lone goal of the match Saturday as the York College
men's soccer team bested visiting Marymount (Va.) University 1-0 in
York. Bouncing back in fine fashion after Tuesday's loss at #10
Messiah, the Spartans picked up yet another Capital Athletic
Conference victory to boost their 2010 record to 10-4, including a
4-0 league mark. With the loss the Saints drop to 5-7-1 and 1-3-1
in the CAC.
As the match spilled into the 54th minute, sophomore Antonio Bua was able to force his way to the right end line, playing a low ball across the box that found the feet of Kemal Nuspahic. The Spartan junior forward rang the crossbar with a quality attempt as the ball the caromed back into play. After a bounce inside the box, Facer, who proved quick on his wits, headed the ball toward the right side of the goal. In almost flawless trajectory, Facer's header tucked neatly into the upper right corner to give York the 1-0 advantage and eventually the triumph. Of the sophomore's four goals this season, three have proven to be game-winners.
In the 64th minute, the Spartans nearly gained a 2-0 advantage. Along the right post, Nuspahic looked to put away a tremendous chance but that effort was knocked away by a Marymount defender to keep the game at 1-0.
And 1-0 it would stay as the Spartans secured the CAC triumph.
Goalkeeper Jesse Derksen, yet another Spartan sophomore, put in a terrific performance. He tallied three saves on the afternoon one of which came shortly after Facer's score. In the 60th minute, the Saints' Philippe Millogo cracked an undefended ripper from 25 yards out. The talented Derksen collapsed slightly to his left to smother the attempt and did not allow a rebound. Later, with only 4:40 remaining and Marymount pushing for the tying score, Derksen came off his line and collected a dangerous service, holding onto the ball despite taking a hit.
For the contest, the Spartans held a significant 21-7 advantage in shots including a 12-3 lead in the second half. The hosts also led 8-1 in corners.
Derksen's counterpart William Brahmstedt put together a standout performance of his own as the Marymount senior made four saves to keep his squad within striking distance.
The Green and White now turn their focus to Wednesday's match at the University of Mary Washington. A Capital Athletic Conference contest, the Spartans and Eagles are slated for a 4:00 pm start in Fredericksburg, Va.
Photo: Justin Facer knocks home the game-winner on Saturday in York's 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over Marymount (Va.) - courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com