Martinez Nabs Rookie of the Year; Seven Spartans Earn All-CAC Honors
YORK, PA – The four-time Capital Athletic Conference champion York College men's soccer team had a league-high seven All-CAC honorees as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans also had freshman Matty Martinez (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) earned the conference Rookie-of-the-Year award.
York's Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg), Justin Facer (Prospect Heights, Ill./North Allegheny), and Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) each earned first-team accolades. Four Spartans, Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township), Martinez, Matt Yackel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay), and Jesse Derksen (York, Pa./Susquehannock) earned second-team honors.
Martinez came in to the program and started from the start of the season. He is a dominant defensive stopper that has led a Spartan defense that has allowed just 14 goals in 21 games throughout the year. Martinez is also a dangerous player on restarts as his strong right leg gives York a valuable weapon. Martinez has one goal and one assist for three points. His one goal was an important one as it won the Capital Athletic Conference First Round match against St. Mary's.
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig believes that Martinez is representative of a strong Spartan freshman class.
"Matty is the first in a line of very good first year players," says Ludwig. "We have 12 freshman on the roster this year and eight of them saw significant and consistent playing time throughout the year. Our freshman class is an area of strength for us."
Martinez is the sixth Spartan to earn the CAC Rookie of the Year award following Scott McDowell (2002), Chris Ports (2004), Kyle Marks (2005), Kemal Nusphahic (2008), and Yackel (2010).
Bua, a senior, is making his third appearance on the All-CAC squad after a stellar senior year. The Spartan forward has notched 20 points on ten goals, as he is second in the conference in goal scoring and third in total points. Bua was a second team selection after his sophomore year and a first team selection as a junior in 2011.
For his career, Bua has 66 points on 28 goals and 10 assists in 87 games. He has nine game winning goals including two in 2012.
Facer, a senior, is making his first all-conference squad after having a fantastic senior campaign. Facer has tallied six points on two goals and two assists as he tracks well in the midfield for the Green and White. For his Spartan career, he has recorded 27 points on 11 goals and five assists in 60 games.
Beale, a junior, has played in and started all 21 of the Spartans' contests as he has been recognized for the second time in his career. Beale, a first-team All-CAC selection last year, anchors the defensive backfield that limited conference opponents to just three goals in six conference contests. Beale has played in 60 games as a Spartan and has scored 10 points on three goals and four assists.
Johnson has had a very good junior year, as the midfielder is third on the squad in scoring with 14 points on five goals and five assists. He is a dynamic athlete that has provided York with additional scoring punch from the midfield. It is the first time that Johnson has been recognized by conference for his play. He has now played in 41 games as a Spartan and has 19 points on six goals and seven assists.
Yackel, a junior, earns his first All-CAC accolade after being named the 2010 Rookie-of-the-Year. Yackel is another one of the Spartans' top defenders as he plays out wide for the Green and White. He has handed out three assists this year for three points. Yackel has the ability to move up to the midfield but his defensive skills provide York with great strength. He has played in 58 career games with six points on a goal and four assists.
Derksen is closing out his Spartan career as he is recognized by the conference for the second time in his career. Derksen, a senior, has been fantastic in 2012 as he owns a 0.52 goals against average and a .845 save percentage. He is first in the CAC in goals against average, first in save percentage, and first in total goals against. Derksen has five shutouts but that number has been suppressed because he usually doesn't play the whole game when the Spartans are in control of the game. The Spartans have ten total shutouts for the year. Derksen is ranked 19th in the NCAA in goals against average and 34th in save percentage. York is ranked 22nd in the nation in goals against average.
Ludwig was happy to see his players earn their much-deserved awards.
"Antonio, Justin, and Aaron are among the best at their positions in our conference," said Ludwig. "They are indicative of the quality that we have in our program. Austin and Matt are two players that are also very good at their positions. We have tremendous depth on the squad and that has been proven multiple times this year. Jesse came back to the program and made a significant impact. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the region and has strengthened our team this year."
The Spartans open the NCAA Tournament by hosting St. Joseph's of Long Island on Saturday, November 10 in the opening round of the tournament at Graham Field. The NCAA Tournament appearance for the Spartans is their eighth straight.
In the 14 years under the guidance of Ludwig, the Spartans have now had 43 first-team All-CAC selections and 29 second-team picks.