The York College men's soccer team just keeps rolling along.
The Spartans blanked St. Mary's College 3-0 in a Capital Athletic Conference match on Wednesday in York.
The victory runs the Spartans' win streak to nine and they improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the CAC. The Seahawks fall to 4-6-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The win keeps the Spartans perfect as they head into Saturday's showdown at fellow league unbeaten Salisbury. It will be a battle of nationally ranked squads. York is fourth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and second in the d3soccer.com poll. The Sea Gulls are fourth in the NSCAA South-Atlantic regional rankings and 16th nationally in the d3soccer.com poll. Game time on Saturday in Salisbury is 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Spartans got their first goal when York Suburban High School graduate Ryan Donahue collected a loose ball on the sideline. He fired a pass to Chris Weaver, who one-timed a pass into the box, where senior Jake Hower redirected the pass past a diving Austin Brown, giving York the 1-0 lead. The goal was Hower's fifth of the year and came just 8:32 into the game.
York added to the lead less than 10 minutes later and Hower was in the middle of the action again. Hower picked up the ball outside the Spartan defensive box, dribbled forward and launched a long pass to a sprinting Brendan Saberton. Saberton slipped past the Seahawk defense, collected Hower's helper and ripped the shot across the goalmouth inside the far right post for the 2-0 Spartan lead. The goal was his fifth of the year and came at the 17:16 mark.
York tacked on its final goal in the 86th minute when Weaver blistered a shot that the St. Mary's goalie made an acrobatic save on. Fortunately for York, Greg Bechard collected the rebound and headed home the goal into the upper left, giving York the 3-0 lead.
The Spartans finished the game with a 34-7 advantage in shots, including a 16-3 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans also held a 9-1 bulge in corner kicks.
Brad Schmidt earned his sixth shutout of the year. He registered three saves.