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York College men's soccer team moves into first place in CAC

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DOVER, DEL – The York College men's soccer team moved into first place in the Capital Athletic Conference thanks to a 2-0 road victory at Wesley College on Tuesday night in Dover, Delaware.

The game featured the two hottest teams in the league as both squads entered the match on four game win streaks. The Spartan streak improves to five as they are now 8-6-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the CAC. The Wolverines fall to 8-7-1 overall and 5-2 in the league with the setback. The Spartans now have 16 points in the league. They are one ahead of Wesley and three ahead of Salisbury.

The game was scoreless in the first half as the teams took turns with the momentum. Wesley fired off the first four shots of the game including two that were saved by Spartan goalie Charlie Johnson (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin). The Spartans finally managed their first shot in the 20th minute. York would fire of the final eight shots of the half leading to the break.

York got on the board 8:52 into the second half as sophomore Joel Teston (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) notched the game's opening goal. Sophomore Matt Freibaum (New Market, Md./Linganore) collected a nice through ball and took a shot on Wesley goalie Zack Baker. The ball caromed to Teston who banged home the opportunity for his second goal of the year.

Right after Teston's goal, Wesley's Bailey Lyons was given a red card after making contact with the official. That red card allowed the Spartans to play the final 37 minutes of the game up one man.

The Spartans pushed the lead to 2-0 as Greg Bechard (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) tallied his fifth goal of the year off a rebound as he slotted a shot into the lower right side of the net for his fifth goal of the year.

The Spartans had a few other opportunities but Baker notched three second half saves to keep the York lead at two. Johnson made a save in the last 30 seconds to preserve the clean sheet for York.

Johnson earned his fourth shutout of the year as he notched three saves for York. Baker took the loss as he allowed two goals with four saves in his 90 minutes of work.

The Spartans peppered the Wesley goal as York outshot Wesley 18-8 in the win. York held a 6-3 margin in shots on goal while they had a 7-0 bulge in corner kicks.

The Spartans return home on Saturday to host Southern Virginia University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest at Graham Field. The game is set for a 3:00 pm kick off and will be preceded by the Spartans' 2015 senior day ceremony.