September 21, 2013

#23 Spartans Blank Neumann 1-0

YORK, PA - With overcast skies, high winds, and impending rain the York College Spartan men's soccer squad was able to hold off the Neumann University Knights in a 1-0 non-conference win at Graham Field on Saturday.  The win for the Spartans improves their record to 6-1, while the Knights fall to 3-2-1. York is currently ranked 23rd in the nation.

The game got off to a slow start as neither team was able to get any quality scoring opportunities.  The Green and White started putting a little bit of offensive pressure on Neumann with a low flying shot by Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), but that was saved.  In the Spartans' next possession, Weaver made a great cross right in front of the goal but that service was headed out of bounds wide of the goal. 

The Spartans continued to pressure Neumann's defensive third. That pressured paid off when Weaver took the ball up-field and into the right corner where he made a precise cross to Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md. /DeMatha Catholic) right in front of the goal. Iguade was able to knock it in and give York the 1-0 lead with 20:20 to play in the first half. The goal was Iguade's second of the year.

With a few minutes to play in the first half Neumann gained some offensive momentum where Tben Donnie was given two great back-to-back passes but he missed both attempts wide of the Spartan cage.

The Spartans dominated the first half statistically as they outshot their guests 8-2. Knights' goalie Alex Lacko recorded four saves in the first half to keep this team within one goal.

The second half was pretty slow for both teams as they found it hard to put any offensive pressure on one another. After a strong push by York with 17 minutes to play, Iguade had a great attempt at his second goal of the game, but it was Lacko who came up with the big save for the Knights. 

With four minutes to play the Knights had a corner and an attempt to tie up the game.  A great kick was put on it but York's goalie Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J. / Delran) leaped out of the goal to grab the ball and eliminating any chance of a header on goal. The Spartans managed to run the clock out and hold off any chance of an upset at the hands of the Knights.

Schmidt earned the win as he was not forced to make a save in the win. The shutout is Schmidt's third of the year as the Spartans now have five clean sheets for the year. Lacko suffered the loss coming up with four saves on five shots on goal.

York finished the game outshooting the Knights 14-4 with a 5-0 margin in shots on goal.

The Spartans return to action Tuesday, September 24, against top-ranked Messiah at Graham Field. It is the Falcons' first visit to York since last November's epic Sweet 16 double overtime match, which ended in a tie before Messiah advanced to the elite eight on penalty kicks. Kick off is slated for 4:00 pm.

Game story written by David Boslough, Athletic Communications Student Intern

Tobi Iguade photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber

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