YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer earned a spot in the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference semifinals courtesy of their 3-2 victory over Stevenson University on a sunny but cold Sunday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 9-5-5 overall as they move on to face second seeded Mary Washington on Wednesday. The Mustangs conclude their season, and their stay in the CAC, with a mark of 7-10-1 overall.
The Mustangs opened the scoring just 13:18 into the game as Yianni Sarioglou struck a free kick that caromed off Spartan goalkeeper Ethan Kavanagh. Kevin Rama collected the rebound and stuffed home a shot, giving the Mustangs the early lead.
That lead would be short lived as the Spartans drove down the field on the kick off. York got the ball to the end line where sophomore Matt Yackel put a beautiful serve into the box where fellow sophomore Taylor Brummitt snapped a header into the goal from the back side of the box, tying the game at one just 36 seconds after the Mustangs took the lead.
The Green and White took the lead just over six minutes later as junior Justin Facer drove home a penalty kick at the 19:42 mark. The Spartans earned the opportunity as Brummitt drew the foul inside the box.
Stevenson drew even just over ten minutes into the second half as Rama scored again. This time Bradley Davis flicked a ball into the box and Rama beat an on-rushing Kavanagh for the Mustangs' second goal.
That lead lasted less than 30 seconds as York responded to take the lead. Brummitt was in the middle of the scoring again as the sophomore got the ball, dribbled to the 18 and then played a ball to the left that junior Cody Pearson finished past a prone Mustang goalie Ryan Flannelly for the goal.
The Spartans had another great chance with just over 10 minutes left as York had a 3-on-1 breakaway that was stymied on a nice play by Flannelly, keeping Stevenson to within one.
York finished the game with an 11-5 edge in total shots including a 7-3 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans also held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Kavanagh earned the win with one save in his 90 minutes of work while Flannelly registered three saves for the Mustangs.
The Spartans head to Mary Washington on Wednesday looking to keep alive the chance for a three-peat as the Spartans have won the last two CAC Championship titles. Game time against the Eagles in Fredericksburg, VA is set for 2:30 pm.