YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team put together a very strong effort at home against the Falcons of Messiah College on a beautiful Wednesday night. However, the night turned dark late for the Green and White as Messiah scored with 15.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and then 3:46 into overtime to earn a 3-2 win over York in the final meeting as non-conference foes.
Final Score: York 2, Messiah 3 in OT
Records: York 3-2-2, Messiah 4-2-1
Shots: York 14, Messiah 13
Shots on Goal: York 4, Messiah 8
Corner Kicks: York 4, Messiah 9
Saves: York 5, Messiah 2
Fouls: York 9, Messiah 6
How It Happened:
• Both teams came out of the gate trying to find their footing in the game. The Spartans had the first real chance in the game as junior Zion Friday got on the end of a corner kick in the seventh minute but his header went just over the bar.
•The Falcons came right back in the ninth minute as Trevor Goodling found the ball at his feet and blasted a shot towards goal. Spartan junior goalkeeper Billy Bridegum made a great diving save to his right to keep Messiah off of the scoreboard.
•Messiah broke the deadlock in the 16th minute when Ben Lefever sent a low cross into the box that found Goodling who put the ball in the back of the net and propelled the Falcons to a 1-0 lead.
•It didn't take long for the Green and White to answer back. Senior Barak Amige took a free kick in the 24th minute that found the head of Friday at the back post to beat the Messiah keeper and tie the game at one.
•Bridegum was called into action again in the 24th minute as he made another diving save to deny Messiah the lead.
•The second half started slow, neither side able to get any clear-cut chances at goal. Bridegum denied the Falcons twice, saving a shot in the 62nd minute and pushing a shot over the crossbar in the 63rd minute to keep the game tied.
•The Spartans took the lead for the first time in the game in the 65th minute when sophomore Travis Gould took a pass from Friday and took the shot off the volley to beat Falcon keeper Nate Flanders and put the Spartans ahead 2-1.
• Goodling equalized for the Falcons with 15.7 seconds remaining when he headed in a cross from Grant Johnson to knot the score at two and send the game to overtime.
•Goodling completed his hat-trick just 3:46 into overtime. Micah Fitz ran down a cross and beat the Spartan goalkeeper to the ball. He sent the ball back across goal to Goodling who slotted the shot into the empty net to win the game for the Falcons.
Zion Friday: 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots
Travis Gould: 1 goal, 1 shot
Barak Amige: 1 assist
Trevor Goodling: 3 goals, 6 shots
Grant Johnson: 1 assist
Ben Lefever: 1 assist, 4 shots
Micah Fitz: 1 assist
Billy Bridegum (YCP): 93:46 minutes played, 3 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 3-2-2)
Nate Flanders (MC): 93:46 minutes played, 2 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 4-2-1)
The Spartans are now 5-17-3 against the Falcons as Messiah has won six straight in the series … five of those six defeats have come by one goal … the Falcons have taken the last six games in the series with the last game being a 1-0 Messiah win on September 20, 2018 ... Junior Zion Friday equaled his goal tally from all of last season by netting his fourth goal of the season against the Falcons … Friday has scored in his last two games … sophomore Travis Gould set a career high for goals in a season, scoring his fourth goal of the season … Gould has scored all four of his goals in the last two games.
The last two games of September for the Green and White will see the Spartans head out on the road. The Spartans will travel to Susquehanna on Saturday, September 21 for a 1:00 pm kick off against the Crusaders. York then heads to Newport News to face the Christopher Newport Captains in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for the Spartans on Saturday, September 28.
Story written by Trey Piper, York College Athletic Communications Student Assistant