FROSTBURG, Md. – The York College men's soccer team nabbed a 3-1 victory over host Frostburg Saturday evening in a Capital Athletic Conference tilt. With the triumph, the Spartans improve to 7-5-4 and 3-1-3 in the CAC while the Bobcats fall to 9-2-4 and 3-2-2 in league play.
Both offensive units posted early goals as each squad notched their first tally within the first six and a half minutes. York's Antonio Bua, who has put together several tremendous attacking performances as of late, put the Spartans up 1-0 just 5:34 into the contest. Aaron Beale played great ball to junior Cody Pearson who took a touch and struck a beautiful service from the left of the pitch. Bua then finished the chance into the right side of the goal for his team-leading fifth tally of the season.
The Bobcats wasted little time however, drawing the score level at 1-1. Just 38 seconds after Bua's tally, Jared Fohs served a ball in from the left side as Ryan Russell knocked his attempt into the right side of the Spartan goal.
In the 31st minute, Beale gave the Green and White the lead with his second tally of the 2011 campaign. The Spartans played superb combinations through the midfield before finding Taylor Brummitt in the attacking third. Brummitt laid a ball back to Beale who struck a rip from 30 yards out. An excellent attempt, his shot sailed over Frostburg goalkeeper Abiye Jack to give the Spartan side a 2-1 advantage.
York added an insurance goal late in the 72nd minute as Jimmy Garrison posted his first of the season. With the ball played back to the Bobcat defense, Garrison pressed hard, won the ball, and beat Jack to give York some breathing room with their third of the day.
Aside from the four total goals, each squad had several other quality chances.
Garrison nearly posted a goal in the first half. In the 42nd minute, Garrison struck an attempt from 20 yards out that was deflected as it hurtled toward the Frostburg goal. Redirected, Jack made a tremendous save on the attempt to keep the score at 2-1.
In the second half, Pearson nearly added one of his own just 1:04 into the frame. Following a Bobcat foul, Pearson, who has been surgical on set pieces throughout the season, struck an attempt on goal. It was Jack again however, who came up with a big save to keep his squad in the match.
Not to be outdone, Spartan goalkeeper Ethan Kavanagh notched two huge saves late in the contest. In the 83rd minute, Russell looked for his second tally of the contest as he was in goal. Off his line to meet Russell, Kavanagh made a tremendous stop in the 1v1 situation to keep York's two-goal advantage intact.
Just minutes later, in the 86th, Kavanagh again came up with a highlight-reel stop. Russell struck a corner kick for the Bobcats that found the head of a wide-open Shawn Baker. Baker knocked a quality header that appeared destined for the back of the York goal, but Kavanagh had different ideas. York's senior netminder got a hand to the attempt to keep it out of the goal and ensure the final 3-1 Spartan triumph.
For the game, the Green and White posted a 13-10 lead in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corners.
Kavanagh finished the contest with three saves while Jack also recorded three stops.
The Spartans quickly return to action as they travel to Frederick, Md. on Monday, October 24, to take on Hood. York's final regular season CAC contest is slated for 3:30 pm.
PHOTO: Spartan senior goalkeeper Ethan Kavanagh holds the ball during a match against Cabrini earlier this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student-Photographer