Friday, Spartans Impress in Season-Opening Win

Friday, Spartans Impress in Season-Opening Win

WASHINGTON D.C. - The York College men's soccer team opened their season with a second half offensive explosion, coming back from a halftime deficit to take down Carroll University (Wisc.) 4-2 on Saturday. Four different Spartans hit the back of the net, including freshman Zion Friday, who added two assists, to solidify the York victory on the first day of the "Turk" Emekli DC Classic at Catholic University.

Records: York 1-0, Carroll 0-2

Shots: York 16, Carroll 9

Shots on goal: York 9, Carroll 3

Corner kicks: York 8, Carroll 3

Saves: York 1, Carroll 5

Fouls: York 11, Carroll 9

How It Happened:

• York jumped on the front foot early in proceedings, seeing more of the ball and creating a lot of the early chances. Defending set pieces, and corner kicks in particular, proved to be an early challenge, though. In the 20th minute, Austin Schulze gave Carroll the early lead as a result from a corner.

• York remained poised, as the goal came against the run of play, and stayed on the front foot. Finally, the Spartans broke through. Freshman Zion Friday took the ball on the left side of the box and charged forward, taking on two Pioneer defenders. He bullied his way through the middle of them, and then nutmegged a third recovering defender before calmly slipping the ball past the keeper. The goal leveled the score, but not for long.

• Just a minute later, in the 32nd, Peanut Taylor scored for the Pioneers just after another corner kick. Carroll took their 2-1 lead into the halftime break.

• Immediately into the second half, the Spartans again kept attacking, continuing to have the better of the play. In the 51st minute, one chance from Pat Harkanson went trickling just wide of the goal, resulting in a corner. On that corner, after taking it short, Ben Mochan whipped in a teasing ball that Friday got his head on. His header was deflected wide for another corner. In the 58th minute, York found its equalizer. Friday received the ball and turned upfield before finding Keith Witherell in space. As he paced down the right edge of the box, and with a man on his left shoulder, he chopped back inside, leaving his man on the ground before brilliantly curling his shot over the goalie and into the far post.

• Three minutes later, York had the lead. Off of a corner, Friday, again right in the mix of things, won the first header and the ball landed at the feet of Chris Hobbs. Hobbs finished the chance, giving the Spartans a 3-2 lead. Hobbs was steady in the midfield all day long, knocking the ball around while also keeping pressure of the back four.

• Carroll had opportunities late, though, with a free kick in a very dangerous position, just outside the box. The wall, however, did its job and the chance was quickly diminished. Later, in the 82nd minute, Carroll had another corner, but Joel Teston won the initial header, and the rebound from deep went begging. Other than that, the Spartans did not feel much pressure from the Pioneers.

• Center back Brook Addisu put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute when he drilled a free kick from long distance into the top corner. It capped a solid performance in the season opener, defeating Carroll 4-2.

Individual Stats:

Zion Friday (York): 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots, 2 shots on goal

Keith Witherell (York): 1 goal, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal

Chris Hobbs (York): 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Brook Addisu (York): 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Austin Schulze (Carroll): 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Peanut Taylor (Carroll): 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot on goal

Goalie Comparison:

Billy Bridegum (York): 90 minutes, 3 shots on goal, 2 goals against, 1 save (W, 1-0)

Connor Thompson (Carroll): 90 minutes, 9 shots on goal, 4 goals against, 5 saves (L, 0-2)

Match Notes:

York is now 3-0 under Evan Scheffey in season openers … the Spartans are 5-0-1 in their last six season openers … their last loss in the opener came in 2011 to Virginia Wesleyan … Zion Friday finished with four points in his collegiate debut … Chris Hobbs opened his senior season with his fourth career goal … Brook Addisu's goal was his first in his career, a dipping, knuckling free kick from long range … sophomore Keith Witherell scored his second goal in his career, after finishing his freshman season with four points … freshman Billy Bridegum earned his first career victory between the pipes.

Up Next:

The Spartans will take on Catholic University on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the final day of the "Turk" Emekli DC Classic. The Cardinals took down Carroll on Friday 2-1.