YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team opened the Holiday Inn Conference Center Soccer Classic with a solid 3-0 win over Cabrini College on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in York.
The victory places the Spartans at an even 2-2 on the season and also earns them a spot in Sunday's championship match against McDaniel College at 3:00 pm. The Green Terror advanced to the championship game courtesy of their 5-4 shootout win after a 1-1 tie with New Jersey City in Saturday's second semifinal. The Cavaliers fall to an equal 2-2 and play Jersey City in the consolation game at 1:00 pm.
The Spartans struck early off a service from the right side of the pitch from junior Antonio Bua to senior Eric Mackin who headed a perfectly placed ball over the Cavalier goalkeeper Eric Nowicki in the fifth minute, putting the Spartans up 1-0. It was Mackin's first goal of the season. The Spartans would continue to attack and in the 13th minute, junior Michael Andrei placed an attractive strike to the upper right corner only to be saved by Nowicki as he preserved the Cavaliers' 1-0 deficit.
Cabrini had a number of dangerous chances in the first half as they registered eight shots in the opening half including one on goal. However, York finished the first half in convincing fashion with a spectacular goal in the 38th minute. Freshman Will Duddleson banged home the goal, the first of his career. The goal featured the rare double assist as senior Mike Gill found Cody Pearson on a set piece before Pearson fed Duddleson for the goal.
The Spartans would put their third and final goal of the match in the back of the net off a free kick headed by senior Steven LeVine then finished by Aaron Beale to record his first goal of the season in the 57th minute.
Senior Ethan Kavanagh started in goal for the Spartans as he earned the win, his second of the season. He split the game with junior Jesse Derksen as the duo recorded the clean sheet for the Spartans. Kavanagh recorded one save in his 45 minutes of action while Derksen notched a pair of saves for York. Nowicki went the distance in goal for Cabrini. He allowed all three Spartan goals while he notched three saves.
The Spartans held a slight 14-13 edge in overall shots while they had four shots on goal to three for the Cavaliers. Cabrini registered four corners to just two for the Spartans.
Prior to Sunday's championship game, the Spartans will take time to remember the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America with a moment of silence and special warm up shirts for the Green and White.
Photo by Theresa Dark – Athletic Communication Practicum Student