FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – On the strength of a 3-0 semifinal win at Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon, the York College men's soccer team advances to the championship round of the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. With the triumph, the Spartans improve to 10-5-5, the 12th straight year they have recorded double-digit victories, while the Eagles close out their 2011 campaign with a 7-7-3 mark.
Justin Facer got the Green and White on the board in the 37th minute with his fourth goal of the 2011 season. Senior defender Trey Good played a ball into Facer who took several dribbles before unleashing a ripper from 35 yards out. His low-liner of a strike, which proved the game-winner, found the back of the Eagle net to put York up 1-0.
Beginning the second half with their one-goal advantage, the Spartans pressed early in the frame looking to quickly add an insurance tally.
Just under six minutes into the second stanza, senior captain Mike Gill played a tremendous pass to Cody Pearson. In on goal, Pearson waited for Mary Washington goalkeeper Tyler Back to make a move before putting home his fourth goal of the campaign and more importantly York's second of the day.
That lead expanded to three less than five minutes later as Taylor Brummitt tallied for the Spartan side, the fourth time he has done so in 2011. Beginning on the right side of the pitch, Matt Delong knocked a service from wide on the right flank. Gill then volleyed the ball into the mixer allowing Brummitt to redirect it into the Eagle goal.
Leading 3-0, York continued to push the pace in the attack. The Spartans recorded seven attempts over the final 35:24, forcing Back into four saves.
The match could have turned out much differently however, had it not been for Good's outstanding defensive work in the 36th minute. Just 1:09 prior to York's goal, the Eagles' Tommy Sangbouasy got in behind the Spartan defense and knocked an attempt that seemed destined to put the home squad up 1-0. Good had a different idea however, as he slid to clear the ball and keep the match scoreless.
For the game, York held a 16-6 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corners.
Goalkeeper Ethan Kavanagh finished with a pair of saves as he picks up his ninth win and sixth shutout of the 2011 campaign. Back notched four stops over his 90 minutes of action.
York's tenth victory of the year marks the 12th consecutive season in which the Spartans have recorded double-digits in triumphs. Beginning in 2000, a year where the Green and White posted a 14-6-1 mark, York has won at least ten matches in each of the last 12 seasons. The Spartans have registered at least 14 victories in ten of those 12 seasons, while they have recorded a high-water mark of 21 triumphs in both the 2006 and 2007 campaigns.
The Spartans now turn their attention to the CAC Tournament championship match where they are slated to face conference rival and 17th-ranked Salisbury. The tournament final, with the winner gaining the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, is scheduled for Salisbury, Md. on Saturday, November 5. The official game time will be released later this week.