YORK, PA – The seventh-ranked York College men's soccer team fashioned a very strong second half to post a come-from-behind 2-1 non-conference victory over Penn State Abington on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon in York.
The Spartans improve to 3-0 overall while the Lions suffer their first loss of the year as they fall to 3-1.
The Green and White looked a little rusty early on after six days away from game action. The Spartans took an early punch from the Lions after Abington got on the board first. The Spartans had a corner kick that the Lions cleared out and hit a streaking Guy Sikpa with a pass. Sikpa finished the play as the Spartans allowed their first goal against this season. Sikpa's goal came 21:12 into the game.
The Spartans would have chances to tie in the first half but those chances would not be fruitful as the Green and White headed to the break down 1-0.
The Green and White ratcheted up the pressure in the second 45 minutes of play. Spartan senior Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) fired off a shot on goal in the first 30 seconds of the second half, setting the tone for the stanza. Senior Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) had a great chance in the 54th minute as he drilled a shot off the cross bar.
Lion keeper Dan Saint-Pol came up big again in the 56th minute as he notched a save on a Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) shot. The Spartan pressure continued to build until the Green and White finally found the back of the net in the 69th minute of the game. Senior Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) picked up a loose ball just inside the box and curled a shot into the net, tying the game with the unassisted goal.
The York pressure continued and then paid off when senior Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) made a great hustle play when he saved the ball off the end line and poked the ball back towards the field of play. The ball took a fortuitous bounce off Saint-Pol, trickled across the goalmouth before bouncing off the far right post and across the goal line for the game-winning goal. The goal came in the 76th minute and was Hower's team-leading third of the year.
York ended the game with a 21-5 edge in total shots including a big 15-3 margin in the second half. The Spartans also had a 4-3 margin in corner kicks for the game.
York's Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) earned the win as he went the distance, allowing one goal with three saves as he improves to 3-0. Saint-Pol suffered the hard-luck loss as he allowed the two Spartan goals with eight saves.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Alvernia University for a non-conference contest. Kick off from Reading is scheduled for 4:00 pm. The contest begins a three-game road trip for the Spartans, as York won't be back at Graham Field until Saturday, September 21.