Top 10 Roundup
York (Pa.) upsets top-ranked Messiah; Loras tops Wheaton (Ill.)
No. 12 York (Pa.) 1, No. 1 Messiah 0
YORK Pa. -- The 12th-ranked York (Pa.) Spartans edged top-ranked Messiah 1-0 in their annual central Pennsylvania showdown.
The Spartans improve to 7-1 overall as they have won three in a row while the Falcons fall to 8-1.
As the clock wound down for the first half, freshman Cristian Bonilla sent a typical looking pass to Brendan Saberton. Saberton turned from about 30 yards out and fired a shot that sliced between the Falcon defenders and a a diving Brandon West to find the back of the net for the goal. Saberton's goal was his second goal of the season with less than a minute left in the half.
"I didn't know how much time was left I just turned and shot, luckily I didn't waste time," Saberton said. "I was just really excited to get the chance to score and go into the half with the lead."
With Saberton's shot the Spartans were able to head into the half with a 1-0 lead and a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The Spartans took the field in the second half with a determined look against the Messiah attack. The play went back and forth with York and Messiah locked in a heavyweight bout. Messiah kept looking as though it would have a chance, but time and again the stout York defenders turned the hopeful Falcons away. Patrick Ward constantly appeared whenever a Messiah forward seemed to have an advantage and helped deter the chance of a shot. The second half featured only one shot on goal for each team with Charlie Versen taking the shot for the Spartans.
York's last win against the Falcons came on Oct. 7, 2009 when the Green and White blanked the Falcons 2-0.
Messiah outshot York 14-12 in total shots but York had a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. The Falcons had a 9-3 margin in corner kicks including a 6-1 advantage in the category in the first half.
Schmidt notched five saves as he recorded his fourth shutout of the year. Schmidt is riding a scoreless streak of 286:34 with three consecutive clean sheets. West had five saves for the Falcons.
No. 5 Loras 2, No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) 0
WHEATON, Ill. -- In a rematch of last year's national quarterfinal matchup, the fifth-ranked Loras Duhawks again emerged victorious against the No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder. Similar to last year's regular season matchup, Loras was victorious by a score of 2-0. Loras improves to 7-0-2 while Wheaton falls to 5-3.
In a statistically even game, both teams managed 14 shots and seven shots on goal. Wheaton held an edge in corner kicks 5-4. Derek Babb allowed two goals while making five saves. Loras' Dylan Milkent made seven saves in recording his fourth shutout of the season.
While Loras controlled the run of play through much of the first half, the Thunder were able to consistently quell the attack and keep the ball hemmed in to the midfield area. The Duhawks broke through at the 40:45 mark when Erik Berkowitz headed in a loose ball in the box. Chris Paulino was credited with the assist. Despite a 9-5 first half shot advantage, Loras led just 1-0 at halftime.
Wheaton was able to reverse the field of play in the second half but could not find the equalizer. Milkent made several tremendous saves for the Duhawks to keep them in the lead.
In the 88th minute, Loras' Tom Fluegel broke free behind the Wheaton front line and was able to beat Babb on the back end to push the score to 2-0, which would become the final score. Loras has now won three consecutive games against Wheaton.