October 15, 2011

Spartans and Eagles Tie on Senior Day

YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team battled Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington to a scoreless tie on a windy Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans are now 5-5-4 overall and 2-1-3 in the conference while the Eagles are now 5-5-3 overall and 3-1-3 in the league.

After a pre-game ceremony honoring the five Spartan seniors, York came out flat as the Eagles carried the play over the opening 30 minutes of action. The Green and White did manage a good chance in the 16th minute as Michael Andrei hit a half volley off the crossbar but the ball caromed away harmlessly.

The Eagles got a chance from 30 yards out as a Spartan hand-ball gave UMW the free kick. Bram Sims' shot off the free kick was saved by Spartan goalie Ethan Kavanagh.

The most critical play in the game came just before the half. Austin Johnson appeared to score with 10 seconds left before the break. The goal was whistled off because of an off sides call. Johnson reacted and was given a straight red meaning York played a man down for the remainder of the game.

Despite being a man down, the Spartans came out of the intermission a much more determined team as York took the play to their guests. Junior Antonio Bua began the half with a great scoring chance as he got behind the Eagle defense only to have his shot sail over the crossbar. The Eagles countered the Spartans just over five minutes later as Kavanagh was forced to make a sliding save on Nick Shepherd who had a breakaway.

The Spartans had a best final chance of regulation as York had a free kick 14 yards from the end line in the 86th minute only to have the Eagles clear away the opportunity as the squads headed to overtime.

Both teams had limited opportunities in overtime as they both registered their third conference draw of their year.

Kavanagh picked up his third shutout of the year as he registered five saves for the Spartans. Tyler Back made four saves in recording his second whitewashing of the year.

York held a 15-12 edge in total shots while the Eagles had a slight 5-4 edge in shots on goal. The Spartans had seven corner kicks to two for the Eagles.

The Spartans now embark on a four-match road trip to close out the regular season. The Green and White travels to Gettysburg College on Wednesday night to face the Bullets in a non-conference contest. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.

Spartan Senior photo by Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)