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Spartans Ready to Host Eagles in CAC Championship; Game time Set for 2:00
YORK, PA - The game time for Saturday's Capital Athletic Conference men's soccer championship has been set for 2:00 pm as the York College Spartans will host the University of Mary Washington Eagles at Graham Field.
The Spartans enter the game looking to capture their fourth straight Capital Athletic Conference title. In their way stands the University of Mary Washington and the Eagles know a little bit about winning as title as UMW has a conference high eight CAC men's soccer titles. The Spartans have six titles overall and a victory today will tie them with Salisbury for second all time on the CAC men's soccer championships list. York, Mary Washington, and Salisbury are the only three schools that have won conference titles in the 21 year history of the tournament.
The Spartans earned their way to the title the tough way. After downing St. Mary's at home on Saturday, the Spartans earned a wild 4-3 double overtime win over Frostburg State on Thursday evening. Senior Antonio Bua registered two goals, his eighth and ninth of the season, in the win over the Bobcats. Senior Matt DeLong found the back of the net for the first time this season while freshman Brendan Saberton saw his first game action since October 6 and tallied the game-winning goal 3:33 into the second overtime to propel the Spartans to the title game.
Mary Washington earned a 2-0 win over Marymount in the tournament's opening round before edging top-seeded Salisbury 1-0 in double overtime in Thursday's semifinal game. David Heller scored off a save rebound 105:30 into the game to send the Eagles to the championship tilt.
For the season, Bua leads the Spartans with 18 points on nine goals. Junior Taylor Brummitt is next in line with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. Austin Johnson (12 points), Eli Bjerk (11 points), Saberton (11 points), and Daniel Baxter (10 points) are the other Spartans in double figures for the year.
Senior Jesse Derksen is 13-2-2 in goal as he has a 0.55 goals against average and a .842 save percentage.
Tommy Sangbouasy lead the Eagle offense with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Patrick Kelly has added 13 points on six goals and one assist. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 26-19 for the campaign.
The winner of Saturday's game gains the CAC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Tournament. The tournament field will be announced on Monday at 1:00 pm on the NCAA.com website.