NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The York College men's soccer team suffered their second straight loss to open the 2011 campaign on Saturday evening, as the Spartans were dealt a 3-1 blow courtesy of host #6 Christopher Newport University. The annual CNU Tournament saw the Captains go 2-0 while the Spartans drop their first two matches of the year for the first time since the 2001 season.
York did get off to a fast start as senior captain Mike Gill put home a penalty kick opportunity just 50 seconds into the contest.
Despite the early lead however, the Spartans struggled throughout the rest of the half. York only tallied one more shot throughout the opening stanza while CNU managed eight attempts.
In the 31st minute, the Captains knotted the score at 1-1 on a Bryan Lybert tally. Danny Franklin and Winston Mattheison combined on a through ball before crossing it into the middle of the 18-yard area. Lybert struck a shot that found the back of the Spartan net, tying the game at one.
Christopher Newport snagged the lead midway through the second half as Andrew Bonorden found Jack Cooper on a cross from the left side of the pitch in the 71st minute. Bonorden's service allowed Cooper to get a sliding touch on the ball, redirecting it in for the Captains' second tally of the evening.
In the 82nd minute, Mattheison finished off the CNU scoring effort by knocking his attempt from the right side of the box into the left side of the Spartan goal.
For the game, the Captains led 17-5 in shots while owning a 7-0 advantage in corners.
York now returns home to Graham Field as they look for their first victory of the 2011 season. The Green and White host Susquehanna on Tuesday, September 6, in a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt.
Photo: Cody Pearson plays a ball during the 2010 campaign