By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
RED LION — While there was little of the overly physical play that has become a hallmark of a Dallastown-Red Lion field hockey match, the competitiveness certainly was not lacking Monday afternoon at Horn Field.
For nearly 60 minutes on the turf at Red Lion’s home digs, just one goal — by Wildcat forward Bryna Cook with nine minutes left in the first half — separated the two York-Adams League Division I powers.
While the visitors pretty much dominated the first half, there were a few scary moments when the Lions almost evened things up in the second half.
Dallastown, however, was able to survive and received a clinching goal from Olivia Talley with under a minute remaining to claim an important 2-0 triumph.
“It was exciting,” said Cook, who also assisted on Talley’s goal. “They came out in the second half and we got caught laying back a little bit. So we had to pick it up.”
The Lions were held without a shot over the first 30 minutes, when the defending York-Adams League champions controlled play. Just over 12 minutes into the final half, the hosts picked things up with the second of their three penalty corners for the match.
Dallastown goalie Karley Andrews, who played most of the second half after subbing in for Syd Terroso, was up the task, making the only two saves her team needed.
“In the second half they started getting momentum,” longtime Dallastown head coach Jeri Myers said. “We weren’t running through balls like we should have. We were a little hesitant because you want to make all the stops. We just have to have confidence in what we do.”
“I was getting a little nervous when they had that corner,” she said. “They were getting chances, but we have good goalies.”
The Wildcats were able to survive those flurries without the typical scrum ensuing afterwards, something that Cook and her teammates were actually pleased with.
“Yeah, it was pretty close,” Cook said. “But it stayed clean, which usually it doesn’t. Usually it gets pretty bad.”
The visitors were unable to convert on a penalty shot with 10:13 left in the second half when the normally sure-handed Haylee Anders ripped her attempt just wide of the cage.
“She’s usually our steady person,” Myers said. “She’s the one where, as a sophomore, she won the county championship for us against Red Lion. But, you know, you miss every once in awhile.”
The contest was the first battle between the two rivals on the turf at Horn Field with the new scoreboard in operation. A camera shot from the press box displayed the action on the big screen throughout the contest.
Myers didn’t even realize it was up there until late in the match, while Cook admitted to getting a little distracted, but only during the intermission.
“During halftime they had videos playing and I kept getting caught looking over,” Cook said. “It was a little distracting, but it’s nice.”
Dallastown is now 5-0-0 in Division I, while Red Lion fell to 3-2-0.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Kennard-Dale 2, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, Morgan Bowings and Calie Swegon scored goals and Emmie Dressel and Morgan Day provided assists for K-D. Eastern’s Emily Bodien had six saves. K-D won the JV match, 2-1.
Gettysburg 5, Susquehannock 0: At Glen Rock, Gettysburg rolled in a meeting of Warriors. Katelyn Gormley had two goals and Emily Spangler had two assists to lead Gettysburg. Kristy Langhen had 33 saves for Susquehannock. Susquehannock won the JV game, 1-0.
West York 0, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, neither team could score in regulation or overtime. Chloe Smith had 14 saves for West York, while Colleen Dommel had six saves for Suburban.
South Western 2, Spring Grove 0: At Hanover, Lauren Schmidt and Bailey Moses scored goals for the Mustangs. Camille Lecrone had nine saves for Spring Grove. The JV game ended in a 2-2 tie.
New Oxford 6, Dover 2: At Dover, Sabrina Pinder had two goals in a losing effort. Sarah Pagnanelli had two New Oxford goals.
Bermudian Springs 7, Delone Catholic 0: At McSherrystown, Mackenzie Farley powered the Eagles with two goals and one assist.
Littlestown 3, Biglerville 2: At Littlestown, the home team triumphed. No other details were reported.
Hanover 5, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the visitors cruised. No other details were reported.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.