YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team created numerous chances before finally putting away Frostburg State University 2-1 on a goal from Chris Hobbs with just 34 seconds remaining in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday at Graham Field. The Spartans have now won three of their last four, outscoring their opponents 11-4 in that stretch.
Records: York 5-7-1 (3-2 CAC), Frostburg St. 3-9-2 (1-4 CAC)
Shots: York 21, Frostburg St. 10
Shots on goal: York 7, Frostburg St. 2
Corner kicks: York 6, Frostburg St. 4
Saves: York 1, Frostburg St. 5
Fouls: York 15, Frostburg St. 17
How It Happened
• In an extremely important Capital Athletic Conference matchup, it was York who landed the first punch. In just the seventh minute, Keith Witherell cut inside and played Danny Morgan in, who calmly finished his fourth goal of the season. All four of Morgan's goals have come in the last four games, helping push the Spartans to a 3-1 record in those games.
• The goal also marked the first shot of the game, a department the Green and White dominated throughout the evening. Frostburg's first shot came in the 24th minute, while York managed six of them by that point.
• At the halftime break, York led the shot category 9-2, and led 1-0 on the scoreboard.
• York created chance after chance in the second half, but couldn't find the goal to double their advantage. Oscar Rodriguez, Chris Hobbs and Zion Friday each had solid opportunities on net. Friday's chance might have been the best of the night, in the 53rd minute, when he was played in, and attacked the goal on an angle. He drug his shot a little, and missed it wide.
• Shortly thereafter, Punya Saleekul took a touch and bent one to the far post, but the ball ricocheted off the crossbar, keeping a clean sheet for York. It wouldn't last much longer, though, as Saleekul's free kick found Josh McRobie, who tapped it in from a couple yards out, leveling the score at one in the 62nd minute.
• Just one minute later, Tony Mosqueira whipped in a corner, but Friday's header missed just high.
• The game looked destined for overtime, despite York's plentiful chances, recording 21 total shots, but Hobbs buried the game winner with 34 ticks left on the clock. After a Frostburg foul in the final minute, Mosqueira launched a ball into the box that Friday won in the air. The ball bounced to Marc Murgo, who looked to have a decent look on goal. He couldn't make solid contact, though, which resulted in a scrum in front of the net. Finally, the ball found Hobbs, who blasted it past Juan Bofill, the Bobcat goalie, sending the Spartans players on the field and the bench into a frenzy.
• The game winner boosted York to 3-2 in CAC play, winning three of their last four. The win also pushes the Spartans into a meaningful tie for the fourth spot in the conference, right in the thick of the playoff race.
Chris Hobbs: 1 goal, 7 shots, 3 shots on goal
Danny Morgan: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Keith Witherell: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal
Josh McRobie: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Punya Saleekul: 1 assist
Billy Bridegum (York): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 save (W, 5-6-1)
Juan Bofill (FSU): 90 minutes played, 2 goals against, 5 saves (L, 2-5-1)
The Spartans improve to 6-1-2 all-time against Frostburg St. … York has won three of their last four games after going winless in the previous seven games … Danny Morgan has four goals in the last four games, winning each of the games he's scored in … Chris Hobbs now has four goals, and York is 3-1 in games he's scored in … Billy Bridegum is now 5-6-1 with a 2.09 goals against average and 30 saves … York took 21 shots, the second-most taken this season, only behind the 22 taken in a 0-0 draw with Stevenson on September 9 … the victory was the first at Graham Field this season, improving to just 1-4-1 … the Spartans were given three yellow cards, the most in a game this season, pushing the season total to 14.
York now travels to Salisbury for the first of two consecutive road games. The Spartans are 13-25-5 all-time against the Sea Gulls. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m on Sunday.