YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team continues its trek through the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship on Saturday evening when the travel to Camden, N.J. to take on Rutgers-Camden in the Sweet 16.
Montclair State and Rochester will square off in the other regional semifinal. The two winners meet on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The regional is stacked with quality sides. All four teams are ranked in the top 15 in the most recent d3soccer.com poll. Rutgers-Camden is the 2nd ranked team in the nation while York is seventh, Rochester is 10th and Montclair State is 13th.
The Spartans (19-2-1) enter Saturday's contest having won both of their tournament games in overtime. York defeated Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) 1-0 in the opening round and then punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over sectional host Stevens.
The Spartan offense is powered by the trio of Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro), Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum), and Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley). Hower has registered 22 points on seven goals and eight assists. Six of his seven goals are game-winners for the Green and White.
Saberton has 21 points on a team-high nine goals and three assists. Saberton came up huge in the win over Stevens as the sophomore All-CAC forward banged home the tying goal in the 77th minute and then won the game 33 seconds into overtime with his fourth game-winning goal of the year.
Weaver has contributed 17 points on a team-high nine assists to go along with four goals. Senior Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) is the fourth Spartan in double figures in scoring as he has notched 11 points on four goals and three assists. Three of Iguade's four goals for the year are game-winning goals including his overtime goal in the opening round victory over Mt. St. Mary.
Hower, Saberton, Weaver, and Iguade all earned All-CAC accolades after the Spartans' fifth straight Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship. Hower and Iguade were first team selections for YCP.
The Spartan defense is spearheaded by three-time All-CAC defender Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley). The Green and White has allowed just 11 goals for the year in 2,014 minutes of play this year, good for a goals against average of 0.49. The Spartan defense has pitched 14 shutouts in 22 games for the year. Sophomores Christopher Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and Ryan Donahue (York, Pa./York Suburban) are a pair of defenders who have played really well in the Spartans' defensive third. Donahue was honored by the CAC with a second team all-conference selection.
Junior goaltender Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran) has been outstanding in his first year as the Spartan starting netminder. Schmidt has started 21 games and owns a 0.54 goals against average, an .836 save percentage and nine shutouts. Schmidt has faced 189 shots and notched 56 saves for the campaign. He was a second team all-conference selection for his efforts in 2013.
Rutgers-Camden enters the regional with a mark of 20-0-2 as they are 12-0-1 at home. The Scarlet Raptors are a dynamic offensive team as they average 2.71 goals per game with 61 tallies in their 22 games.
Sophomore Mike Ryan leads Camden in scoring as the Scarlet Raptors have five double figure scorers. Ryan has notched 44 points on 20 goals and four assists. He has recorded eight game-winners for the year. He was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year in addition to being a first team all-conference selection.
Mitch Grotti, a first team All-NJAC selection, is Camden's best play maker as he has 24 points on seven goals and a team-high 10 assists. He has converted a perfect five-for-five in penalty kicks for the year. Connor Hurff has added 17 points on seven goals and three assists with a pair of game-winning goals.
Steven Austino and Keegan Balle have both added 14 points on five goals and four assists.
The Scarlet Knights aren't afraid to mix it up with opponents as they have amassed 42 yellow cards for the year.
Mike Randall has been stellar in goal for Camden as he boasts a 0.62 goals against average and a .880 save percentage. He has played in all 2,023:25 of Camden's minutes in goal this year. Randall has made 103 saves on 258 shots faced as he was named to the second team All-NJAC. The Scarlet Raptors allow shots as their opponents average 11.9 shots per game. Conversely, the Spartans allow just 9.4 opponent shots per contest.
Rutgers-Camden has appeared in one or both of the national polls for 33 straight weeks, including 31 consecutive weeks in the Top 25 and eight straight in the Top 10.
The two teams met last November in a second round game in York. The squads battled to a scoreless tie before the Green and White advanced on penalty kicks. The Spartans outshot the Scarlet Raptors 22-7 and held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Randall made seven saves in the shutout effort for the Raptors.
The Montclair State and Rochester game also features a pair of talented teams. Montclair and Rochester have never met on the pitch and the match features two teams with a combined 31 wins. The Red Hawks are 16-3-3 overall while the Yellow Jackets are 15-2-2.
Montclair earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament after getting knocked off in the NJAC semifinals by Rutgers-Newark by a score of 4-1. The Red Hawks bounced back with a penalty kick win over Misericordia in the opening round of the tournament. The Red Hawks got a Lucas Terci goal in the 88th minute only to have Misericordia net the equalizer just 44 seconds later. The teams played 20 minutes of scoreless overtime before the Red Hawks advanced in penalty kicks, 4-2.
Terci struck again in the second round game against host Carnegie Mellon as he scored his tenth goal of the year in the 30th minute to lift the Hawks into the Sweet 16. Montclair hung on to get the win despite playing the final 66:40 of the game a man down after a red card. Kevin Lynch earned the shutout win with five saves against the Tartans.
Terci leads the Red Hawks in scoring with 37 points on his 10 goals and team-leading 17 assists. Brian Cullen leads Montclair in goals with 11 while he also has four assists for 26 points. Mike Olia and Ryan Morris both have 17 points on eight goals and one assist each. Dan Mendoza (14 points), Trey Leggett (13 points), Maxx Wurzburger (11 points) and Jesse Shea (10 points) are the other four Red Hawks who have reached double figures in scoring.
The Red Hawks sport an impressive 3.09 goals per game average.
The Red Hawks have started four different goalies for the year with Michael Gonzalez seeing a majority of the time having logged 873 minutes. Gonzales owns a 0.62 goals against average and a .870 save percentage. Lynch has played 691 minutes in net for Montclair as he owns a 1.69 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
As a squad, the Montclair defense is allowing 1.06 goals per game as they have a .771 save percentage. Montclair has allowed 24 goals in their 22 games.
Rochester enters the regional with a mark of 15-2-2 as they cruised to the Sweet 16 with a pair of easy wins in the tournament's opening round. Rochester earned a berth in the tournament thanks to their University Athletic Association championship.
The Yellow Jackets blanked SUNYIT 2-0 in the opener and followed that with a 3-0 win over Oberlin in the second round.
In the win over SUNYIT, Max Fan scored in the 22nd minute to give Rochester the lead. Jeff Greblick added a late insurance goal to provide for the final margin of victory. Mike Moranz posted the shutout with three saves.
Fan opened the scoring again in the Oberlin game as he found the back of the net in the 13th minute. Shane Dobles and Ben Swanger each recorded second half goals for the Yellow Jackets while Moranz pitched his second shutout with one save.
Greblick leads Rochester in scoring with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists including a pair of game-winning goals.
Alex Swanger has added 21 points on nine goals and three assists while Dobles has added 14 points on five goals and four assists. Keith Grafmeyer (12 points), Fan (11 points), and Griffin Drake (10 points) are the other three Yellow Jackets in double figures in scoring.
Rochester is averaging 2.84 goals per game as they fire off 16.9 shots per game.
Moranz has been outstanding in goal as he owns a 0.61 goals against average in 1613 minutes of work. He has a mark of 15-2-2 with seven shutouts and a .804 save percentage.
The Spartans and Scarlet Raptors open the action Saturday evening when the square off at 5:00 pm. Rochester and Montclair follow at 7:30 pm. The two winners will play Sunday at 5:00 pm.
Tickets will go on sale at Rutgers-Camden Community Park no later than one hour before the game. The prices are $6 for general admission, $3 for students (with ID) and senior citizens and $2 for children ages 3-12.
York College Men's Soccer – All-Time NCAA Results (10-3-7)
November 12 @ Virginia Wesleyan, Win 3-2 (First Round) ~
November 13 vs. New Jersey City, Tie 2-2 (Lost in PK, 3-1) (Second Round) ~
November 11 vs. Hobart – Win, 3-0 (Second Round) *
November 17 vs. North Carolina Wesleyan, 1-0 (Sweet 16) *
November 18 vs. Wheaton, Tie 0-0 (Lost in PK, 3-2) (Elite 8) *
November 10 vs. Dickinson, Win 3-1 (First Round) #
November 11 vs. Eastern, Win, 2-1 in 2 OT (Second Round) #
November 17 vs. Amherst, Tie 0-0 (Win in PK, 5-4) (Sweet 16) ^
November 18 @ Middlebury, Loss 2-0 (Elite 8) ^
November 16 vs. Johns Hopkins, Tie 0-0 (Lost in PK, 4-3) (Second Round) *
November 14 vs. Cazenovia, Win 6-0 (First Round) *
November 15 vs. Amherst, Win 2-0 (Second Round) *
November 21 vs. Williams, Tie 1-1 (Lost in PK, 7-6) (Sweet 16) *
November 13 vs. Kenyon, Loss 1-0 (First Round) *
November 12 vs. DeSales, Loss 1-0 (First Round) &
2012: 1-0-2 (Lost in PK to Messiah in Sweet 16)
November 10 vs. St. Joseph's (L.I.), Win 1-0 (First Round) *
November 11 vs. Rutgers-Camden, Tie 0-0 (Win in PK) (Second Round) *
November 17 vs. Messiah, Tie 2-2 (Lost in PK) (Sweet 16) *
November 16 vs. Mt. St. Mary (NY), Win 1-0 (First Round) #
November 17 @ Stevens, Win 2-1 OT (Second Round) #
November 23 @ Rutgers-Camden +
* York College - York, Pa.
~ Virginia Wesley College - Virginia Beach, Va.
# Stevens Institute – Hoboken, N.J.
^ Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vt.
& Christopher Newport University – Newport News, Va.
+ Rutgers-Camden University – Camden, N.J.