Spartans Conclude Regular Season With a 2-1 Victory
YORK Pa.- On a beautiful day for a soccer game York (16-2) defeated Frostburg St. (8-1). With the 2-1 win, York should be full of confidence for post-season play.
The match opened up with a quick strike from Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro). The Spartans pushed the ball down the field quickly and set up their early opportunity in the deep right of the box. Freshman Charlie Versen (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. / The Masters) took the ball and fired a low cross just two feet in front of the goal. Hower slid about seven yards out and connected with the ball to push it into the net. With the goal, Hower was able to get his sixth score for the year, and give the Spartans the early lead.
With 13 minutes remaining in the first half, the Spartans were in business once again. The team took a quick break down the field and set up their second goal for the day. Daniel Baxter (Baltimore, Md. / Calvert Hall College) ripped a pass between two Bobcat defenders. Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J. / Middle Township) flew in, like a magnet, to the ball and tapped a shot into the net. Johnson was able to get his third goal of the year and give the Spartans a comfortable 2-0 lead into the half.
The second half opened with York working to protect their 2-0 lead over Frostburg. The Spartan defenders faced an onslaught from the Bobcat offense.
York goalie Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J. / Delran) explained "In the second half we kind of came out in cruise control, and felt a little flat."
The Bobcats pressed down on Schmidt in the 85th minute to threaten the Spartans. Frostburg's Chris Jones took a cross and was able to slip the goal past Schmidt, to cut the York lead to one. York faced a last ditch effort by Frostburg in the last four minutes, but the team was able to hold on to the win. With the 2-1 victory, the team was able to secure a win in their last regular season game of the year.
The Spartans concluded their regular season with 37 goals, which averages out to just over two goals per game. The team has been successful in defending the Spartan homeland, with an undefeated home record on Graham Field. The team's success can be placed on their 19.1 shots per game, with 45 percent of the shots on goal.
Commenting on his regular season success in goal, Schmidt said, "Coach Mustard set a goal for us to only allow 8 goals on the year, and that is exactly what we allowed. My job has been made easy by the play of the team."
Coach Ludwig on the season's low scores stated, "Our goal is to keep the ball on our side and push hard to get the win. We've only had two games where we have been outshot. Our offense's possessions helps our defense."
The Spartans secured the number two seed for the CAC Tournament and will know when and where they play by the end of the week.
Written by Nate Caruso - Asst. Dir. of Athletic Communications