By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
MANCHESTER — In the world of field hockey, dominating play doesn’t always translate to dominating victories
On the other hand, sometimes it does.
Central York and Gettysburg can both confirm that after dominating the York-Adams League Tournament semifinals Thursday night at Northeastern High School.
The Panthers led in every statistical category throughout the night against Division III champ Bermudian Springs but were unable to turn that into a goal through regulation. A 12-3 edge in shots on goal and an 18-4 advantage in penalty corners didn’t matter. The Eagles’ defense and their goalie, Sarah Crane, were able to foil the Division I runner-up.
Even after a goal was waved off early in the first overtime, Central remained confident. And despite a level of frustration that was building after failing to capitalize on many opportunities, senior Alexis Young capped things off with one big shot. Young scored with 7:43 left in the first overtime to send Central to Friday’s final with a 1-0 victory.
Conversely the Warriors had no such experiences against Division I champ Dallastown. Gettysburg thoroughly dominated the scoreboard against Dallastown all night long, even if the final stats ended up fairly even. Nonetheless, Gettysburg cruised to an impressive 3-0 victory to make its first foray into the York-Adams League playoffs a successful one.
Central York (13-5-1) and Gettysburg (18-1) will now square off for the league title at York Suburban at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the league title contest.
The opener was heavy on chances for the Panthers, but light on goals.
“This was very hard,” Central coach Lori Livingston said after surviving against a game Bermudian side. “We had a lot of chances. A lot of chances, but they stopped them all. But then I thought we scored that one (that was waved off). And you just never know.”
All of those worries disappeared when Young was able to break the deadlock with the biggest goal of her season.
“It was a good sound,” said Young, who couldn’t stop smiling. “I haven’t really been a big scorer this year. My teammates have gotten more publicity than myself, but now I feel really good about myself so this makes me feel a little better.”
Young, who had to curl around to the left before her winning shot, was pleasantly surprised that she was able to finish things off.
“I wasn’t sure if it was going to go past (the defender),” Young said. “It wasn’t my strong side (left side), but once I got past her I just kind of moved to the right and was able to get it past the goalie.”
Now the Panthers are off to the program’s first league title game in the tournament’s five-year existence. They’ll face the new kid on the block in Gettysburg. Win or lose Friday, Young and company are not shocked to be in the position they find themselves in.
“A lot of us play together in club, so we knew that we’d be stronger this year,” Young said. “I know in a lot of other sports (at Central) are really good and bring home a lot of championships, but for field hockey I think it’s been since 2007. So to win (Friday) would be great.”
Warriors roll: While the Panthers were waiting for their domination to pay off, there was no such problems for the Warriors.
“We looked really good,” Gettysburg coach Janelle Ebaugh said. “We were strong going after the ball and we really held up strong defensively. Coming out with a 3-0 victory is nice, but I can’t say that I was anticipating it to be that much.”
Ebaugh’s club was dominant throughout the first 30 minutes of play. They set the tone early with two goals and refused to give Dallastown much of a chance to make it a game.
“That first half couldn’t have been any more beautiful,” Ebaugh said. “We could have played a little more, Gettysburg-hockey, in the second half, but we played defensively and that’s fine.”
The Warriors, who scored more than 100 goals during the regular season, got tallies from Megan Miller and Lene Montenegro in the first half in addition to another from Haley Spangler in the second half.
For the Wildcats, who outshot Gettysburg 6-5 and held a 6-4 edge in penalty corners, Head Coach Jeri Myers summed up her team’s play in five simple, but disappointing words.
“It just wasn’t our night,” she said.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.