Spartans' CAC Home Opener Ends in Draw
YORK, Pa. – The York College men's soccer team ended this afternoon's match against Wesley College with a 2-2 draw in the Spartans' Capital Athletic Conference home opener. The Green and White move to 3-2-3 overall and 0-0-2 in CAC play while the Wolverines move to 3-3-3 and 0-0-2.
In the 14th minute, the Spartans struck first with a goal by junior Justin Facer. Facer's first tally of 2011, the sixth of his Spartan career, gave the York side the early 1-0 advantage.
Later in the first half Facer was involved in the Spartans' second goal. The junior midfielder served a ball from the left side of the pitch, which knocked off a Wesley defender to Antonio Bua who one-timed his shot into the back of the net. Bua's first goal of the season extended the Spartan lead to 2-0.
Wesley broke into the action in the 33rd minute when senior Nico Scarpato scored his first goal of the season following a free kick opportunity. Joshua Celleh provided the cross from the right side, which skimmed Scarpato's head and into the Spartan net. Scarpato's first tally of the year slashed the Spartan lead to one.
Sophomore Oscar Castrejon notched what proved to be the final goal of the afternoon in the 34th minute creating an even 2-2 score. Chelleh served another ball from the right side of the pitch giving him two assists for the afternoon. Castrejon found himself wide open after the cross and was able to gather it off his chest and flip into the back of the net.
The final 65 minutes of action were filled with multiple chances including three shots on goal for the Spartans and four for Wolverines. The final overtime period showed significant intensity from both squads, as each team had an honest chance at the golden-goal victory. However, neither side was able to capitalize and the result remained 2-2.
York finished the match with 22 shots while Wesley had 17. The Spartans also held a 6-2 lead in corners.
Junior Jesse Derksen tallied three saves in goal for the Spartans while Mark Mattern recorded seven stops for the Wolverines.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, September 28, when they take on Scranton under the lights in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 6:30 pm at Millville High School in Millville, PA.
Game recap written by Jordan Martz - York College (Pa.) athletic communications practicum student