YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer squad received goals from eight different players as the Spartans rolled past Marymount University 8-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in York.
The Spartans, who are ranked 14th in the nation, improve to 10-2-1 and 3-0 in the CAC while the Saints fall to 3-6-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.
The game started a little slow as it was played in the middle of the field in the opening ten minutes. That quickly changed as the Spartans organized and began to attack the Saints' defensive third.
The Spartan pressure finally paid off at the 19:58 mark as junior Pablo Martinez (Cheltenham, Pa./Northeast Catholic) hit an absolute bomb from 35-yards out, finding the back of the net for his first career goal. Martinez's goal opened the floodgates for the Green and White offense.
Martinez had a hand in York's second goal as he lofted a well placed pass into the box. Freshman Eli Bjerk (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) settled the ball and banged home a shot for his third goal in the last two games. The goal is Bjerk's fifth for the year. Junior Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) closed out the first half scoring on a beautiful combination goal. Senior Cody Pearson (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic) had the ball outside the box and hit fellow senior Matt DeLong (Millville, Pa./Millville) with a well placed pass. DeLong then served it into Brummitt who drilled the goal, his fifth of the season, at the 39:39 mark of the half.
The Spartans' offensive onslaught continued in the second half as senior Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) took the ball, drove into the box and slotted a shot into the netting for the Spartans' fourth goal of the game. The goal was Bua's fifth of the campaign, tying him with Bjerk and Brummitt for the team lead.
Junior Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township) added to the lead just over two and a half minutes later as he took a loose ball on the run and just ripped a shot from the left side of the box, beating Saints' back-up goalie Kurt Michaels for the goal. Junior Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) kept the beat going as he scored off a Marymount turnover just 1:33 after Johnson's goal as the Spartan lead ballooned to 6-0 with just under 30 minutes remaining in the game.
York tacked on a pair of goals late as the Spartan reserves got a quality run in the game. Freshman Christopher Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) made it 7-0 on a well executed header off a Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) corner kick in the 84th minute. Senior Nathan Birth (Millville, Pa./Millville) concluded the scoring as he picked up his first career goal off a loose ball in the box that he poked into the back of the net for the tally.
The eight goals for the Spartans were a season-high, eclipsing Wednesday's six goal output in the win at Penn State Harrisburg. The 14 combined goals in the last two games ties the second highest two-game scoring outburst during the tenure of head coach Mark Ludwig. The top two-game stretch is 15 goals set in 2007 when they beat Gallaudet 11-0 and Marymount 4-0.
Senior Jesse Derksen (York, Pa./Susquehannock) started and played the first 61:05 of the game. He was not forced to make any saves in the win. Leonardo Romero (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle College) followed Derksen and played 15:18. Romero was followed by Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) as neither Romero or Schmidt had to make a save. Steve Handy (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) played the final 5:03 and made the Spartans' only save in their fourth team shutout of the year.
Mike Madigan started for the Saints in goal and he played the opening 39:39. He allowed three goals and recorded three saves before giving way to Michaels who played the final 50:21. Michaels allowed five goals and made five assists during his stint between the pipes.
York finished the game with a commanding 35-4 advantage in total shots while they had a 16-1 bulge in shots on goal. York also accumulated a 12-2 margin in corner kicks in the win.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon as they host Gettysburg College in a non-conference contest. Game time from Graham Field is set for 4:00 pm.
Nathan Birth photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer.