YORK, Pa. – The York College men's soccer team received outstanding news early this week, as Antonio Bua and Ethan Kavanagh were selected as Capital Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Players of the Week. The Spartans snagged two away wins last week, besting non-conference foe Gettysburg 1-0 in an under-the-lights match October 19 before topping Frostburg St. 3-1 in a Saturday CAC tilt.
Bua garners CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after posting two goals, one in each of York's wins last week. Against the Bullets on Wednesday, the Spartan junior tallied what proved to be the game-winner in the 20th minute. Senior captain Mike Gill served in a ball from the left allowing Bua to put a strike on target. With his first shot saved by Bullet goalkeeper Connor Darrell, Bua finished the ensuing rebound for his fourth goal of the season and his first game-winner of 2011.
In York's 3-1 triumph over Frostburg, Bua notched the first Spartan goal less than six minutes into the match. Aaron Beale combined with Cody Pearson before Pearson served a great ball from the left side to Bua. The athletic forward finished the chance for his team-leading fifth tally of the season.
For the season, Bua leads York with five goals and five assists as he has started in each of the Green and White's 16 contests in 2011.
Kavanagh collects CAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades, along with Mary Washington netminder Tyler Back. This marks Kavanagh's second CAC weekly honor as he was also named to the league's Defensive Player of the Week list on October 10. Including both of Kavanagh's awards, the Spartans have garnered CAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the past three weeks.
Kavanagh notched his fourth shutout of his senior campaign in York's 1-0 victory at Gettysburg. He posted five saves over his 90 minutes of work, including a tremendous 1v1 save in the 69th minute.
On Saturday, Kavanagh recorded a trio of stops in the Spartans' 3-1 conference win. Of his three saves, the senior goalkeeper registered two huge stops late in the contest. He again made another 1v1 save, this one in the 83rd minute, before stoning a wide-open Bobcat header in the 86th.
This year, Kavanagh has started in ten of the 12 contests in which he has played and sports a strong 0.81 goals against average.
Bua, Kavanagh, and the Spartans return to action on Monday, October 24, as they travel to CAC foe Hood for York's final conference regular season contest. Match time in Frederick, Md. is slated for 3:30 pm.