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Spartans Land Five on All-Conference Squad
YORK, Pa. – The York College men's soccer team received outstanding news today as five Spartans were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad for 2011 campaign. Antonio Bua, Aaron Beale, and Cody Pearson were selected to the first-team while Mike Gill and Ethan Kavanagh received second-team honors.
Bua, an exceptionally athletic attacking player, proved one of the CAC's most dangerous forwards. For the year, the junior has tallied six goals and distributed five assists, a mark which ties him for the second most in the league. A 2010 CAC second-team selection, he drew starts in 19 of his 20 matches including each of the Green and White's eight conference matches. Over those eight contests, Bua posted five goals in addition to a pair of helpers.
Beale finds his way onto the all-league first-team as he is chosen as a CAC all-star for the first time. A sophomore centerback, Beale's outstanding defensive ability has helped the Spartans thwart opponent attacks and transition into the offensive end. An athletic defender, Beale started in 14 contests, six of which were conference tilts, as he dealt with injury midway through the year. After returning on October 15 against Mary Washington, the Spartans have gone 6-0-2, including their three-game run to the CAC Championship.
Pearson makes his first appearance on the all-conference squad, grabbing first-team honors in the midfield. The junior has put together a fantastic season as he has started in each of the Spartans' 21 contests this year. Possessing a deadly left-foot, Pearson has notched four goals on the season, including a team-high three game-winners, two of which came against CAC competition.
Gill returns to the All-CAC list for the third time in his three-year Spartan career. A 2010 first-team member and a 2009 second-teamer, Gill records second-team honors this season. Capturing his first two awards as a midfielder, the gritty senior nabbed this year's honor as a forward. A tough and experienced player, Gill drew starts in each of York's 21 contests, posting one goal and four assists.
Kavanagh lands a spot on the second-team as he put together a tremendous year in the goal. York's senior goalkeeper has been a steady presence for the Green and White, especially during their current 8-0-2 run. He has posted a strong 0.74 goals against average this season and has registered seven shutouts, four of which have come in the last seven games.
Winners of their third-straight Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, the Spartans are now in preparation mode for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. York is slated to travel to Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. for the opening weekend of the national tournament, taking on DeSales in the first round. The match is schedule for Saturday, November 12, at 5:00 pm.