Stanley Sanchez Leads York Men’s Soccer Into Victory
By William Meija
NEW YORK– York College men’s soccer finished the season with a win from a game-winning goal by Stanley Sanchez in a non-conference match against the City College of New York Beavers. York earned their third shutout of the season with a 1-0 win in Randall’s Island Field, ending the season with a 3-9-1 record.
The Cardinals challenged CCNY goalkeeper Carlos Garcia in the first half as Emre Sahin landed a shot on target for the first attempt of the game at 2:12. Stanley Sanchez launched a corner kick before Doston Abdigaffrov executed a header at Garcia for the save. York held a 6-2 shots advantage during the first half as neither team did not score. It was a competitive game going into the second half before 2022 CUNYAC All-Star Stanley Sanchez scored the game-winning goal at 49:48 of the second half – assisted by Kervin Mondesir.
This marked Sanchez’s third goal of the season. York added three more shots on target but was unable to score. York men’s soccer goalkeeper Ricardo Dorcil – stopped three shots to secure his second clean sheet of the season.
York held the advantage in shots (12-4), shots on target (9-3) and corner kicks (6-2).
The Cardinals are expected to bring back players ready for next season. Meanwhile, York seniors such as Abdigaffarov, Dorcil and Djelili Okoro are graduating and leaving the program.
Per York Athletics, York men’s soccer head coach Courtney Boothe feels great about next season. “We have a good core to build on for next year and it starts in the spring. Our offseason workouts will set the tone for Fall 2023.”
“It felt amazing to score the game-winning goal on our last game of the season,” said Stanley Sanchez. “It was a great way to close off all of the hard work my teammates, coaches and I put towards the team,” Sanchez added.
The biggest thing that Sanchez learned throughout the season is to work collectively and stay consistent despite external factors that lead to distraction.