Bua's Boot Lifts Spartans Over Nationally Ranked Stevens
YORK, PA – On a beautiful sunsplashed afternoon at Graham Field, the #14 York College men’s soccer team bested visiting #10 Stevens Tech 1-0 courtesy of Antonio Bua’s (Lancaster, Pa./Laupeter-Strasburg) 66th minute tally, the first of his collegiate career. With the victory, the Spartans (5-0-1) extend their unbeaten streak to 26 consecutive matches.
Twenty minutes into the second frame, freshman Cody Pearson (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic) collected the ball in the Spartans’ half of the field before slipping between a pair of Stevens Tech (5-2) defenders. Pearson made a quick run up the middle of the pitch before finding fellow rookie Bua 25 yards away from goal. Following the feed, Bua unleashed a ripper that initially was headed toward the left side of the goal. A Duck deflection however, pushed the ball to the right, just inside the post, for what proved to be the game-winning tally.
“It felt amazing,” Bua said of his first goal in college soccer. “I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s like the best feeling in the world. Coach [Ludwig] was talking about us shooting in the locker room, so I just stepped up and shot. “
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Hock (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) played an outstanding game between the pipes for the Spartans notching six saves. Hock’s best effort came in the game’s 20th minute on a Stevens free kick. The set piece service came from outside the box on the right side but was deflected high and towards York’s goal. In a display of sheer athleticism, Hock quickly stopped in his tracks, leapt, and made a right-handed touch save over the top of the crossbar to keep the early 0-0 tie.
The Spartans came out strong in the second frame, controlling much of the stanza’s opening play. York’s most dangerous chance came less than 15 minutes into the half on a brilliant give-and-go combination. Sophomore Kemal Nuspahic (East Petersburg, Pa./Warwick) fed senior All-American Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) at the top of the Stevens box. Ports quickly returned the pass to Kemal who slipped in just behind the Duck defense and was in on goal with Stevens netminder Zach Carr quickly shutting down Nuspahic’s angle. The forward slotted his attempt passed the sliding Carr for what looked like the Green and White’s opening tally but it trickled just wide of the right post.
Stevens looked as if they would tie the match in the 87th minute as forward Terrance Johnson was in on goal with only Hock to beat. With pressure on his left, Johnson struck a quick, low shot that would have tied the game at one. Hock however, came up big once again parrying away the attempt to preserve the clean sheet.
For the match, the Spartans owned a 15-10 lead in shots, including an 11-5 bulge in the second half, and forcing Stevens’ Carr into a trio of saves over his 90 minutes. York also led in corner kicks with a 4-2 margin.
The Green and White open their 2009 Capital
Athletic Conference slate on Wednesday, September 23, with a trip
to Stevenson University. The Spartans and Mustangs are slated for a
4:00 pm start.
Ryan Hock/Anthony Bua photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)