YORK, PA – Christopher Newport's Davis Pillow headed home a Daniel Zeitoun free kick with 4:27 remaining in the second overtime to best York College 3-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both schools on Saturday night in York.
The loss is the second straight Saturday overtime loss for the Spartans as their losing skid has hit five. The last three losses have all come by one goal as the Green and White are tantalizingly close to breaking out and getting back into the win column.
Records: York 2-5-1 (0-1 CAC), CNU 5-2 (1-0 CAC)
Shots: York 12, CNU 21
Shots on Goal: York 4, CNU 11
Corner Kicks: York 8, CNU 3
Saves: York 8, CNU 2
Fouls: York 15, CNU 15
How It Happened
• The Spartans were aggressive early as they fired off the first three shots of the game while they also had a pair of corner kicks in the opening 13 minutes of the game.
• The Captains fired the opening salvo as they drew a foul in the box which garnered the guests a penalty kick. Andrew Gogolin converted the opportunity for the 1-0 lead in the game's 20th minute.
• The Spartans got a huge boost in the 32nd minute as junior Nathan Bilbie made his first appearance in the Green and White for the year. Bilbie, who has missed the first seven games of the year due to injury, subbed into the game and proceeded to hit a long pass to Zion Friday who converted the chance into a goal, knotting the game at one. The game just 32 seconds after Bilbie entered the game.
• The teams would trade glancing blows the final 10 minutes of the first half with neither finding the target. CNU outshot the Spartans 10-8 in the first half while York had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
• The second half action was physical as both teams turned up the pressure. The play was back and forth as a majority of the play came between the boxes in the middle of the field. York was able to get a breakaway and sophomore Jordan Evans drove the ball into the box. His initial shot was saved by Zach Pedini but he followed his shot and knocked the ball into the goal for the 2-1 Spartan lead. The goal was Evans' second of the year and came in the 66th minute.
• The lead lasted exactly 49 seconds later as the Captains were the beneficiary of a soft foul call in the box. Jimmy Grace took advantage and buried the PK in the upper right 90, knotting the game at two in the 67th minute.
• Both teams had some close calls over the final 20 minutes of regulation but neither team converted as the squads headed to an extra session.
• The first overtime was uneventful with neither team having any great scoring chances.
• The second overtime was decided when the Spartans were whistled for another soft foul just outside the right of the box. Daniel Zeitoun took the free kick and put it to the back post where Davis Pillow headed the ball home for the game-winning goal.
Zion Friday: 1 goal, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Jordan Evans: 1 goal, 3 shots on goal
Nathan Bilbie: 1 assist
Chris Hobbs: 2 shots
Jimmy Grace: 1 goal, 7 shots, 4 shots on goal
Andrew Gogolin: 1 goal, 6 shots, 4 shots on goal
Davis Pillow: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal, GWG
Daniel Zeitoun: 1 assist, 1 shot
Stephen Durbin: 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Billy Bridegum (YCP): 105:33 minutes played, 3 goals against, 8 saves (Loss, 2-4-1)
Zach Pedini (CNU): 105:33 minutes played, 2 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 5-2)
The win for the Captains now evens the all-time series between the two teams at 6-6-5 … the Captains have won two straight in the series … the two goals in the loss were the most York has scored in a game since September 3 when York put five on the board against Catholic … freshman Billy Bridegum set a new career with eight saves in the defeat … the Spartans have now surrendered four penalty kick goals for the year while they have yet to attempt a PK … freshman Zion Friday now has a team-leading nine points on three goals and three assists.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they play their final non-conference match of the year as York heads to Lebanon Valley to face the Flying Dutchmen. The match is slated for a 4:00 pm kick off.