Penn State York Soccer Team Heads to National Tourney
Penn State York’s soccer team, the No. 3 seed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), will travel to Burlington, Vermont, to take on Concordia College, Alabama, on Friday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The York team heads to the tournament on the heels of capturing the championship in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) on Saturday, Oct. 31, when they beat their rival Penn College, 1-0. York hasn’t won the PSUAC championship since 1997 but had been in the running and lost to Penn College in the championship last year.
“It was a tough game played at a very quick pace despite the field conditions. We approached the game with the mindset that we needed to score first and put the pressure on Penn College as they have not needed to chase the game throughout the season,” said Rich Chilcoat, Penn State York soccer coach. “As fate would have it, we scored in the 15th minute of the game through our forwards Aldin Avdic, York; and Tim Krohn, Wrightsville. Krohn got credit for the goal but it was created by Aldin's work rate,” Chilcoat said.
Other players to credit according to Chilcoat are John Suarez, Salt Lake City, Utah; Tyler Reisinger, York; and Justin Shaffer, East Berlin; who formed a solid three-man backline which bent but did not break. Juniors Chris Jones, East Berlin; and Logan Shaffer, East Berlin; were also key in leading the otherwise young team through the nerves of the title match. The coach also commended Grant Glatfelter, York; and Cameron Beck, York; both sophomores, as well as freshmen Steve Miller, York; Tim Hushon, Delta; Nate Hunt, York; and Cole Houser, Thomasville; who all had a positive impact on the game.
“Krohn and Miller both pushed themselves well beyond the norm as the final moments of the match ticked off the referee's watch. We felt the game could come down to mental and physical toughness and indeed it did. For the first time in three years we proved to be ready for both challenges,” said Chilcoat. “It was truly a team effort that kept them from having clean looks at York's goal.”
Chilcoat also commented on the importance of having leadership from his upperclassmen players, Suarez, Jones, Shaffer, Joseph Dizio, York; Tim Weikert, York; and Matt Beiber, Hanover; all juniors, who were critical in helping the nine freshmen understand the tradition of success the team has developed and the rivalry which has emerged between Penn College and York.
“We felt three years ago we were happy to be in the game and last year we were happy to be competitive. This year I truly felt we were not intimidated by Penn College and were anxious to have them on our field where we have only lost twice in three years, “ Chilcoat said.
According to Chilcoat, the team wrote three goals on the dry erase board during their first pre-season meeting: win the regular season title, win the PSUAC tournament, and win the USCAA tournament. The team has accomplished two of three goals and is headed to Vermont with a hope of achieving the third.