Return To CUNYAC Title Game
STATEN ISLAND, NY – The York College men’s soccer team advanced to their second straight City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championship by defeating Medgar Evers College on penalty kicks Saturday afternoon. After 110 minutes of play, neither team could amount a goal but the Cardinals won 3-1 on penalty kicks.
The Cardinals will now take on Hunter College for the CUNYAC Championship on November 8 at 2 p.m. at the College of Staten Island. Hunter defeated Brooklyn College, 2-1, in overtime earlier in the day.
In the first round of penalty kicks, York sophomore standout Elysee Vilsaint (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/ South Shore) opened the scoring with a well placed shot in the right-hand corner of the goal. Cardinal goalie Marcin Kasza (Kobluszi, Poland/ Newcomers) then made a diving stop on Medgar Evers first attempt to give York the early advantage.
After each team exchanged goals in the second round and misses in the third round, Kasza was called on to be the shooter in the fourth round. Kasza scored on his turn and then went back into goal to turn away the Cougars fourth attempt, clinching the victory for York.
“We worked on penalty kicks in practice and Marcin was good at it, so we decided to use him as one of our kickers as well, said York assistant coach Kafui Kouakou. “He did a great job.”
York dominated the game throughout regulation and overtime but could not capitalize on several scoring opportunities. The Cardinals best opportunity came early on, in the 15th minute, when Vilsaint took a pass from midfield outran his defender and beat the Medgar Evers goalie, John Ajirotutu, only to see the shot hit off the post.
Another squandered scoring opportunity came in the 82nd minute when Ini Ekanem (Lagos, Nigeria/ Evander Childs) made an excellent cross and found Oshane Myers (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica/ Sheepshead) who had an open shot at the goal. However his shot went high and the game remained scoreless.
The Cardinals defense, led by senior captain Dukens Riche (Brooklyn, NY/South Shore), stifled the Medgar Evers attack all game long. The Cougars managed just three shots on net, none of which were of great difficulty for Kasza. York out-shot Medgar Evers 19-9 in the game.
“We played our best game so far. I was proud of our guys, added Kouakou.” We were unlucky on a lot of our scoring opportunities but fortunately we were still able to win.”
Notes: York has not allowed a goal in their last five cunyac post-season games, dating back to last season, and has outscored their opponents 7-0 during that span. It is also the second consecutive year the cardinals have eliminated medgar evers in the semifinals. York won 1-0 a year ago and went on to win 3-0 over the college of staten island in the championship game.