Big Second Half Lifts Salisbury to Upset Win over Spartans

SALISBURY, MD  - The Salisbury University Sea Gulls used three second half goals to upset the fourth-ranked York College Spartans, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action in Salisbury, MD.

The Spartans had their nine game win streak snapped as they fall to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in the CAC. Salisbury improves to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the league. It is York's first loss to Salisbury in the last seven matches between the two squads. Salisbury's last win over York came in the November 3, 2007 CAC championship game in Salisbury, 2-0.

The game was a typical York-Salisbury battle as it was awash in physical play. The two teams battled early with neither team establishing control. 

The Spartans broke the scoreless tie in the game's 25th minute when Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curly) struck a beautiful cross that was headed home by senior Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic). The goal was Iguade's third of the year while the assist was Weaver's team-leading sixth of the campaign.

York would have the better of the play over the remaining 20 minutes of the half but the Spartans would not be able to capitalize as they went to the break up 1-0.

The Gulls wasted little time in tying the game just over six minutes into the second half. Trevor Sharpe hit a shot that was blocked by the Spartan defense. That rebound was collected by Tanner East and finished into the back of the net, tying the game at one.

The Gulls tallied the go-ahead goal just under six minutes later when Sharpe played a ball forward to Elliott Crompton. Crompton corralled the pass and beat Spartan keeper Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) in the one-on-one opportunity.

After the goal, the physical play continued as the cards and fouls were flying. The Green and White would be called for a red card at the 59:43 mark and the Spartans would play the final 30:17 a man down. The Gulls would take advantage of the situation with a third goal. Salisbury was awarded a penalty kick and Adam Quigley finished the opportunity at the 74:32 mark for the 3-1 bulge.

Drew Staedeli earned the win in net for Salisbury as he made five saves with one goal against in 90 minutes of action. Schmidt suffered just his second loss of the year as he allowed three goals and made three saves for York.

The Spartans held a 19-16 edge in overall shots while both squads were credited with six shots on target. Salisbury had a 9-5 edge in corner kicks.

The three goals allowed was a season high for York and was just the third time since 2005 the Spartans have allowed that many goals in a game.

York returns to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Penn State Harrisburg to face the Lions in a CAC contest. Game time in Harrisburg is set for 7:00 pm. The game will be the final regular season road trip for the Spartans who close out their season with a pair of home games.

Tobi Iguade photo courtesy of David Sinclair