Kavanagh Pitches a Shutout; Spartans End Regular Season with 0-0 Tie

ROCKY MOUNT, NC – The York College men's soccer team ended Wednesday's game at North Carolina Wesleyan just like they have four other times this season as they tied the Bishops 0-0 in 110 minutes in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Spartans end the regular season 8-5-5 while the Battling Bishops are now 6-4-5.

The five ties for the Spartans ties the school records for draws in a season as the Green and White had five in 2009 with four coming in the regular season and one in the NCAA Tournament.

The two squads were very balanced all day long. In the opening 45 minutes of play, the Bishops held a slight 5-4 edge in total shots while the Spartans were slightly more accurate as they put three of their attempts on goal while NC Wesleyan had two shots on frame.

York had a little better of the play in the second half. The Spartans had a corner kick in the 60th minute that resulted in a shot from Taylor Brummitt but the Spartan sophomore's attempt sailed wide of the mark. The Spartans had two corner kicks within 42 seconds of each other in the 66th minute but would be unable to convert either of those opportunities. York did get the final chance of regulation as senior Mike Gill fired a shot on goal in the last six seconds but Bishop goalie Dylan Yeargin recorded the stop to send the game to overtime.

In the first extra session, both teams had a pair of shots. York got the period's only shot on goal as Chris Weaver managed a shot on frame in the 38th second of overtime as Yeargin recorded another save.

The Bishops had a shooting flurry late in the second overtime but one shot was blocked, one was saved by Spartan keeper Ethan Kavanagh and two others were wide as the teams finished the game in the scoreless deadlock.

Kavanagh recorded his fifth shutout of the year as he lowered his goals against average to 0.75 with three saves.  Yeargin recorded his first collegiate shutout with five saves for NC Wesleyan.

The Bishops held a slight 13-11 edge in total shots while the Spartans notched a 5-3 margin in shots on goal. York did manage to attempt nine corners to none for the hosts.

York now embarks on their second season as they open up the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon against Stevenson University. Kick off is slated for 2:00 pm in York.

Mike Gill photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)