GIRLS’ SOCCER: Dallastown, South Western battle to physical deadlock

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Girls' Soccer

JOHN WALK The York Dispatch

DALLASTOWN — The game had a rough edge to it for most of the afternoon on Monday.

Plenty of elbows were being thrown. And girls were being knocked down left and right. Maybe that’s what should be expected when a pair of York-Adams League rivals such as Dallastown and South Western meet up on the soccer field.

Unfortunately, the physical play caught up to one of the players on what turned out to be a crucial play.

With the game tied and just more than a minute remaining in regulation, Dallastown broke away toward the South Western net in the hopes of getting a go-ahead goal. But South Western senior goalkeeper Haley Briggs aggressively charged out toward the ball, hoping to break up a potential shot on goal.

The decision worked for Briggs, who gathered up the ball as she slid into the oncoming group of Dallastown players. The collision caused the ball to break free, leaving an empty net for Dallastown senior Cassy Landis to easily knock in a goal.

However, the officials waved off the goal, saying Briggs had possession of the ball long enough before the collision.

Briggs suffered a serious injury to her left knee on the play. She was fitted with a splint and carried off the field.

The play proved to be vital. The game later ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods.

“It was the referee’s decision,” Dallastown coach Barry Barbush said of the call. “We would want it to be called if it was our girls. It was bang-bang. You can’t dwell on anything like that.”

The Wildcats, who are the defending league champions, got on the board early when senior Stephanie Le nailed a kick from about 20 yards out just 1 minute, 44 seconds into the contest. Dallastown (1-0-1 league) controlled the field for most of the first half before the Mustangs turned up the tempo after intermission.

South Western (1-0-1 league) tied it with 1:25 to go in the second half when senior Erin Laird put the ball just past the outstretched arms of sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Chioda. It proved to be the only mistake Chioda made in a impressive performance in place of starting goalkeeper Becca Austin. Austin, a Coastal Carolina recruit, is currently competing in a tournament in San Diego (Calif.).

Chioda, who normally starts at midfielder, finished with five saves.

She suffered an injury herself just minutes into the first overtime period. After the ball came toward the front of the Dallastown net on a South Western corner kick, Chioda collided with a pair of Mustang players. She left the game briefly before returning about a minute later.

“Well, I saw the ball and I think I caught it and then I got hit in the back of the head,” Chioda said of the play. “I think when I was going down I got hit in the nose.”

Dallastown put four shots on goal in the two overtime periods while South Western got just one.

OTHER GIRLS’ SOCCER

RED LION 11, YORK HIGH 0: At Red Lion, the Lions exploded for nine goals in the first half and went on to capture the York-Adams Division I victory. Allie McKenzie led the Lions, scoring two goals. The Lions’ defense held the Bearcats to just two shots on goal.

SUSQUEHANNOCK 9, HANOVER 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors led 4-0 at the half and went on to capture the non-league matchup. Abbey Barnhart led the Warriors, scoring two goals and adding two assists. Brooke McGee scored two goals, while Jeannette Wilson had one goal and two assists. Cassidy Mummert scored one goal and added one assist. The Susquehannock defense did not allow a shot on goal.

SPRING GROVE 1, NEW OXFORD 0, 2OT: At Spring Grove, Shelby Brassard scored off an assist from Marissa Carlisle in the second overtime to lift the Rockets to victory. New Oxford goalie Gabby Reichart made 20 saves before giving up the game-winner. Spring Grove goalie Kiarra Dunne had to make just one save.

– Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or jwalk@yorkdis patch.com or follow on Twit ter@JohnKWalk.

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