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York Advances in NCAA Tournament with First-Round Victory
YORK, PA – Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) and Mike Lansing (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) both tallied two goals as the #2 York College men’s soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory over Cazenovia College (12-7-1) in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament on a cloudy day at Graham Field.
Bua started the goal-scoring spree for the Spartans (16-1-4) only 11:06 into the contest. He was able to head a ball from inside the box and tap it over the keeper’s head.
“It’s a body high, there is no better feeling in a game opener,” Bua said after the match. “If I just go in and play my game I will be able to make an impact and I think I was able to do that today.”
Bua scored his second goal of the game in the 33rd minute. Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) took the ball to the end line, placed it across the six-yard line, and found Bua in the middle of the goal box as he buried it in the top right corner of the goal. In just his first collegiate NCAA Tournament match, Bua’s performance proved well beyond his years.
“When I step on the field I do not look at Ports being a senior and me being a freshman,” Bua said. “We are all a team, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s just about going out there and playing confident.”
Ports was also able to find the netting in the first half as York went into the break with a 3-0 advantage. Lucas Emil (Parsippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) rifled a ball from 35 yards out that Cazenovia goalkeeper Ryan Snyder saved but the resulting rebound allowed Ports to run onto the loose ball before tucking it into the right side.
York opened up the second half with their starters in the game, but that would not last long as their reserves would play the majority of the half. The Spartans went to their bench with 30 minutes left in the game and many of their reserves would see quality minutes.
Lansing would get involved as he recorded two goals and an assist during the second stanza, finding a great time to notch his first scores of the year. Lansing would send a deep lofted ball that found Matt Swiderski (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) as he recorded his assist as he later scored off a Brett Sauerberger (Little Silver, N.J./Monmouth Regional) free kick. Lansing notched his second on a serve from Seth Hurley (Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown West).
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig was pleased with his team’s results during the first round game and hopes to build on that for tomorrow’s contest.
“They did a good job on getting on them early so hopefully we can build on this for tomorrow,” Ludwig said. “I continue to stress that if you do your job that you will be fine and the results will come for you. They have bought into what we have been talking about and that is just to get better every day.”
In the afternoon’s latter match, #24 Amherst College topped Salem State by a 4-0 result, setting up tomorrow’s second round match. The Spartans will square off with the Lord Jeffs from Graham Field in a 1:00 p.m. tilt. York and Amherst have recent history as the pair also squared off in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. In the Sweet 16 that season, the squads battled to a 0-0 tie before the Spartans prevailed in a penalty-kick shootout.
Advance tickets for tomorrow’s match will be available for purchase in York’s Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Saturday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free student tickets are available for the first 200 current York College students with a valid York College I.D. and can also be retrieved this evening.
Photo: Antonio Bua records the game-winner against Cazenovia Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament - courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)
Game story written by Matt Clark - York College sports information student-intern