Eight Spartans Earn Men's Soccer All-CAC Honors
YORK, PA – The five-time Capital Athletic Conference York College men's soccer squad placed eight players on the 2013 All-CAC teams as announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.
Seniors Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), Tobi Iguade (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic), and Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) each earned first team All-CAC berths. Seniors Chris Weaver (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Daniel Baxter (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College), junior Brad Schmidt (Moorestown, N.J./Delran), and sophomores Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and Ryan Donahue (York, Pa./York Suburban) each earned a slot on conference's second team.
The Spartans, who finished second in the regular season before winning their fifth straight CAC tournament crown, had the highest representation of players on the two squads.
Beale is making his third appearance on the first team as he closes out a stellar Spartan career. The senior spearheads a defensive squad, which has allowed just 0.49 goals per game this fall. The Spartans have recorded 13 shutouts in 20 matches as York is allowing a mere 3.6 shots on goal per game. Beale has tallied eight points this year on two goals and four assists.
Beale has been a four-year starter for the Green and White as he has 18 career points in 82 games. He has five goals and eight assists from his defensive position. Over Beale's four-year career, York boasts a goals against average of 0.60 signifying an sustained run of defenisve excellence.
"Aaron has been outstanding for four years," said Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig. "He helped organize one of the best defenses in the country. Aaron showed remarkable growth over his four years at YCP."
Hower has had a fantastic senior year as the forward leads York in scoring with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists. Hower has come up big for the Green and White as six of his seven goals are game-winners. He opened the season with a goal in the Spartans' first three matches including game-winning goals against Lycoming and PSU Abington. He had a three-point game in the win over St. Mary's with a goal and an assist and then had a career-high three assists in the October 26 win over Southern Virginia.
Hower has played in 54 career games with 33 points on 11 goals and 11 assists during his Spartan tenure.
"Jake has a remarkable story," states Ludwig. "He went from being a walk-on to a first team All-CAC pick. Jake is extremely dangerous out wide for us and created or scored many big goals for us this year."
Iguade made a significant impact on the Spartan fortunes after transferring into the program for his senior year. Iguade notched eight points on three goals and two assists including two game-winning goals. He played in all 19 Spartan contests, as he was one of the best performers in the midfield for the Green and White.
"Tobi is a very versatile player for us," says Ludwig. "He was able to come in and fill a number of holes in the midfield. He is a solid defensive player who pushed well into the attack."
Weaver is another senior who has had a very good final collegiate season. The forward has tallied 17 points on four goals and a team-high nine assists. He had one game-winning goal and it was a memorable one as he scored late in regulation to beat Johns Hopkins in his hometown of Baltimore. Weaver also had both assists in the Spartans' 2-2 CAC Semifinal penalty kick win over Christopher Newport.
Weaver has played in 83 career games for the Green and White. He has notched 35 points on 11 goals and 13 assists with five game-winning goals.
Baxter has been a two-year starter for the Green and White after transferring into the program. He has played in and started all 20 games this year. Baxter has three assists for three points from his midfield position this fall.
Baxter has played in 44 games during his York career. He has 13 points on three goals and seven assists.
Schmidt has made the most of his opportunity in goal for the Green and White. He took over the starting goaltending duties and has been great for York. Schmidt has played in and started 19 of the Spartans' contests, logging 1643:32 of game time. He has allowed just 10 goals for a 0.55 goals against average. Schmidt has registered a .839 save percentage with eight full shutouts. He has faced 173 shots and recorded 52 saves for a .839 save percentage. Schmidt ranks second in the league in save percentage and goals against average.
Schmidt has made 25 career appearances and owns a 0.54 goals against average with an .828 save percentage. He has recorded nine full shutouts for his career.
Saberton is one of the most dynamic young scorers in the CAC. He has recorded 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Three of his goals have been game-winners for York. Saberton scored a pair of game-winners in 1-0 wins as he tallied the decisive goals against top-ranked Messiah on September 24 and then in a big road win at Wesley on October 8. Saberton is tied with Hower for seventh in the conference in goals scored while he is eighth in points.
Saberton has notched 30 career points on 12 goals and six assists in his 37 career games.
Donahue has blossomed as a wide defender for the Green and White. His athletic ability and technical skill allows him to play a key role for the York defense. During his two years in the Green and White, York's defense has allowed 26 goals in 44 games, good for a goals against average of 0.57.
Donahue has played in 43 career contests with four points on a goal and two assists. His one goal was a game-winner for the Green and White.
Ludwig was happy to see all of his Spartans recognized.
"Having five second team All-CAC players shows the true value and strength of our team," states the long-time Spartan mentor. "We have had a lot of excellent players who contributed in a wide range of areas this year. I am extremely proud of each one of them."
The Spartans begins their NCAA Tournament stay on Saturday evening when they face Mt. St. Mary (NY) in the opening round of the tournament in Hoboken, N.J. Game time at Stevens is set for 7:30 pm.