DOVER, DEL. – The York College men's soccer team dropped a Capital Athletic Conference contest to Wesley College 3-1 on the road on Wednesday night. Freshman Zion Friday scored York's lone goal in the second half, but the Spartans put just three of their 19 shots on goal.
Records: York 5-8-2 (3-3-1 CAC), Wesley 3-13 (1-6 CAC)
Shots: York 19, Wesley 15
Shots on goal: York 3, Wesley 6
Corner kicks: York 12, Wesley 0
Saves: York 3, Wesley 2
Fouls: York 15, Wesley 7
How It Happened:
• York started on the front foot, earning three corners in the first 10 minutes. Wesley, however, found first blood. In the 15th minute, Danny Garza took a shot that keeper Billy Bridegum saved, but the rebound fell to Nicholas Hood, who put it away to push the Wolverines ahead 1-0.
• The Spartans answered with three shots in the next few minutes, two from Keith Witherell, but none could find the twine. The best chance for York came in the 27th minute when Zion Friday banged one off the post, and then the freshman had another shot saved less than a minute later.
• The Green and White entered the halftime break down 1-0 to Wesley, who stood 0-6 in Capital Athletic Conference play entering the matchup. York led in shots (11-8), and dwarfed the Wolverines in corner kicks (8-0), but had nothing to show for it through 45 minutes.
• Early in the second half, York survived a huge opportunity for Wesley. In the 48th minute, Chimaobi Ikwuagu looked to be in behind with an open net, but his shot trickled off the post and the Spartans were able to clear.
• Chris Hobbs played a long ball to Friday in the 53rd minute, but his shot went wayward, missing high.
• York was getting closer, though. In the 69th minute, Friday received a ball in the box and rifled a volley towards the back post. Nathan Bilbie was there, but his sliding attempt just went wide, keeping the Spartans scoreless.
• In the 71st minute, against the run of play, Wesley doubled their lead. Ikwuagwu made up for his earlier miss, placing his penalty kick into the left corner, pushing the Wolverine advantage to 2-0.
• The Spartans refused to go away. In the 77th minute, it was Friday, who threatened all evening long, pouncing on a loose ball and pulling York within one. Still trailing by a goal, just two minutes later Jordan Evans was played in behind, but his first attempt on the keeper was knocked away. Evans scrambled to the second chance, but hit the post as the clock ticked down under 10 minutes to play.
• The pressure was building, as Bilbie dribbled past the defense, but missed wide in the 81st minute. It looked like just a matter of time before the Spartans would break down the Wesley defense to find the equalizer, but it was the Wolverines who bulged the net next. Ikwuagwu was played in behind and slotted the ball past Bridegum for the game sealer.
Zion Friday: 1 goal, 7 shots, 2 shots on goal
Marc Murgo: 1 shot on goal
Chimaobi Ikwuagwu: 2 goals, 7 shots, 3 shots on goal
Nicholas Hood: 1 goal, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Luis Cruz: 1 assist, 1 shot, 1 shot on goal
Billy Bridegum (York): 90 minutes played, 3 goals against, 3 saves (L, 4-7-2)
Kyle Springsteen (Wesley): 90 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves (W, 2-11)
The Spartans are now 12-2-2 all-time against Wesley … York won its last five against the Wolverines heading into this meeting … Zion Friday scored his fourth goal of the season, tied for the second-most on the team with fellow freshman Danny Morgan … the loss is just York's second in their last six games.
York now comes back to Graham Field to host Southern Virginia University on Saturday in a Capital Athletic Conference contest at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans are 4-0 all-time against the Knights.