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By DICK VANO’LINDA
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When the final horn sounded on Thursday afternoon, York Catholic’s players walked slowly off their home soccer field.

There were tears in the eyes of some of the white-clad players following a 3-2 loss to Tulpehocken.

For the third straight year, the Berks County team got the best of the Fighting Irish in the District 3 Class A playoffs.

York Catholic was determined that this year would be different, but Tulpehocken used Danielle Bressler’s game-winning goal with 15:01 remaining in the match to bring the Fighting Irish season to a close.

“Last year, we were the underdog, but this year, we felt we were evenly matched,” York Catholic goalie Hannah Laslo said. “Our season came up short, but we lost to a great team.”

Laslo and her teammates were hoping that playing in familiar surroundings could help them take down Tulpehocken and move into the semifinals.

“We’ve played so many matches on this field,” Laslo said. “Other teams from (other) sports were here today (including the football team, which walked over after practice and started a ‘Here We Go Irish, Here We Go’ cheer), and family and friends were here.”

Tulpehocken, which also had a good-sized following on hand, never trailed in the match.

The Trojans led 1-0 and 2-1, but York Catholic draw even both times on Liz Johnson goals. The Fighting Irish, though, weren’t able to match Bressler’s goal.

Tulpehocken head coach Dave Zerbe wasn’t surprised that just one goal separated the teams for the second year in a row.

“I knew it would be a tough battle,” Zerbe said. “They always come to play hard. That No. 15 (Johnson) is a playmaker. We didn’t do well against her, but she’s tough.”

Zerbe was also impressed with York Catholic sophomore forward Melanie Matthews, who assisted on Johnson’s second goal and set up other scoring opportunities with moves and speed on the outside.

“No. 1 (Matthews) was a surprise,” Zerbe said. “I wasn’t prepared for her. We had to adjust on the fly.”

Zerbe’s team received an outstanding performance from Taylor Boyer, who scored her team’s second goal and made a crossing pass to Bressler, who booted the ball into the left-hander corner of the net.

“It comes down to they convert chances when they get them, and we don’t,” York Catholic head coach Ryan Luckman said. “Sometimes, we don’t get chances because of the great defense they play. On one play today, they blocked Lizzie (Johnson), who had a wide-open goal.”

Luckman was pleased with the way his team responded to Tulpehocken’s first two goals.

“I enjoyed the way we answered,” he said. “The girls kept their heads up, and they kept going and kept battling. For the most part this season, we’ve shown great heart. We just can’t get over the Tulpehocken hump,”

Despite the disappointing loss to the defending district champions, the Fighting Irish will be able to look back on a highly successful season, during which they won 13 games and captured the York-Adams Division III title.

The 2015 York Catholic team will be a veteran one, since 18 of the 22 players will be eligible to play again next fall. Laslo, Courtney Sheckells, Patricia Mezza and Bernardine Mann are the team’s seniors.

“The sky’s the limit for this team,” said Laslo, who prevented a fourth Tulpehocken goal by diving to her left and swatting the ball outside the post and over the end line. “The thing I’ll remember the most is coming together, not just as a team, but as a bunch of sisters. I felt like the rest of the team and I could go home and have a family dinner. More than losing teammates, it’s losing sisters for next year.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Susquehannock’s Maddy Mummert has to leap over Greencastle goalie Jenay Faulkner on Thursday during a District 3-AA playoff match.

Susquehannock’s Maddy Mummert has to leap over Greencastle goalie Jenay Faulkner on Thursday during a District 3-AA playoff match. (BIL BOWDEN PHOTO)
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SPRING GROVE — Goals scored against a team late in the first half are always tough to swallow.

Add in another goal in the first minute of the second half and that makes it all the more unbearable.

Such was the case for the No. 2-seeded Susquehannock girls’ soccer team Thursday afternoon in a District 3-AA quarterfinal against Greencastle. The Blue Devils scored twice within the two minutes of game action that sandwiched the intermission.

Those goals accounted for all of the scoring for the contest, which was enough to send Greencastle, the No. 7 seed in the draw, into the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over the Warriors at Papermakers Stadium.

“Both of those were tough,” Susquehannock coach Pat Brubaker said. “We were right there with them. And even after halftime I thought we could score with the wind at our backs, but, yeah, (those goals) took the wind out of our sails.”

The Blue Devils (13-4-1) took the lead late in the first half after the Warriors couldn’t convert one of several prime scoring chances. Greencastle goalie Jenay Faulkner cleared a ball to midfield, where it finally found its way to Ally Rudy, who didn’t miss from about six yards out.

“We heard this team (Greencastle) had a high-powered offense,” Brubaker said. “No. 33 (Rudy) was a conference player of the year and she showed why. She was very quick. And they took advantage of their (chances) and we, unfortunately didn’t.”

The Blue Devils doubled the lead in the first minute of the second half when Rudy lofted a perfect pass for Paige Johnson from just outside the box. Johnson did the rest, taking the ball into the box before beating Susquehannock goalie Ashley Stone up high to make it 2-0 with 39:07 left.

Things could have easily been different had the Warriors (12-5-1) not squandered several good scoring chances early. Brooke McGee gained separation during a breakaway about eight minutes into play only to have Faulkner snuff out her attempt. McGee and teammate Madeline Ketterer added other prime scoring chances later, but Faulkner was up to the task each time.

“(Faulkner) was very aggressive,” Brubaker said. “And we heard she was aggressive. So we worked on trying to shoot quickly or take it around her, but we never got that opportunity.”

The loss ended what still has to be considered a very successful campaign for the Warriors and Brubaker, alike. The first-year coach guided the squad to a Division II co-championship and into the District 3 quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

“These girls came together as a team after a very frustrating season last year,” Brubaker said. “They far exceeded my expectations and, I think, their expectations too.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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In the final 32 minutes of Tuesday evening’s District 3-AAA match, the Central York girls’ soccer team played like the championship club it was this season.

The Panthers dominated play, scoring one goal and just missing on two other scoring chances.

Unfortunately for Central, it needed two goals to force overtime.

When the final horn sounded, Cedar Cliff’s players celebrated a 3-2 victory, which earned the Colts a berth in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

Central, which captured the York-Adams Tournament title and shared the Division I crown with Dallastown, closed its highly memorable season at 19-3.

“That was our weakness tonight, we didn’t possess the first half,” Central senior C.J. Dickison said. “I don’t know what it is. Sometimes, we come out slower for whatever reason. The second half, we come out and play more.”

Lydia Gladfelter scored Central’s second-half goal with 32:02 remaining on an assist from Bri Hackos. Gladfelter took Hackos’ pass near the 18-yard line and chipped the ball over the Cedar Cliff keeper and into the net.

Central pressed the attack the rest of the match, but it couldn’t get the equalizer.

“It was a crazy game,” Panthers’ senior Sheayna Pamplin said. “They were beating us to a lot of balls. They got the first goal of the game, and that kind of slowed us down. Then we got our goal (Pamplin did the honors at 23:34 of the first half on an assist from Lynsey Nicholas) and that picked us back up. But, then they scored again.”

Maci Russell’s goal at 19:08 of the first half, following a blocked shot, snapped the 1-1 tie and put the visitors ahead for good.

The Colts fired 10 shots on goal in the initial half compared to just three for the Panthers.

“They (Cedar Cliff) were aggressive, but they weren’t dirty,” Pamplin said. “They definitely had good ball-handling skills.”

Russell had two goals, to go with her assist, for Cedar Cliff, which entered as the No. 12-seeded team. Central was the No. 5 seed.

The Colts’ goals came following set pieces, two corner kicks and a direct kick.

“They’re good in the air, and our team is not good in the air,” Central head coach Liz Critchfield said. “We told them at halftime to keep the ball on the ground. These girls are a great team, and they accomplished a lot this season. I hated to see our season end. I’m not ready to not to see them every day.”

Dickison, although naturally disappointed with Tuesday’s result, will look back fondly on the season, remembering the dedication and perseverance of the 2014 Panthers.

“I’ll take away how much work it does take to be a team. We were highly successful this year, and hopefully, the younger girls coming up will see what it takes to be successful.”

OTHER DISTRICT 3 GIRLS’ SOCCER

Red Land 5, Dover 0: At Crossroads, the ninth-seeded Eagles were blanked by the eighth-seeded Patriots in a first-round AAA match. Dover, the York-Adams Division II co-champion, finished at 15-3. Red Land improved to 14-5. Tori Wantz made seven saves in goal for Dover.

Elizabethtown 3, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats’ season came to an end with a first-round AAA setback. Seventh-seeded Dallastown finished at 16-5, while 10th-seeded Elizabethtown improved to 14-4-1. Dallastown was the York-Adams Division I co-champion during the regular season. Katie Mattas had nine saves for the Wildcats.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Susquehannock’s Alex Rebich protects the ball against Ethan Anspach of ELCO on Monday. Susquehannock lost the District 3-AA first-round match in a

Susquehannock’s Alex Rebich protects the ball against Ethan Anspach of ELCO on Monday. Susquehannock lost the District 3-AA first-round match in a shootout. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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For the 10 seniors and their Susquehannock teammates, their stunned expressions told the entire story.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on a rainy Monday night, their season and for some, their careers, came to an abrupt end.

After a scoreless regulation and two scoreless overtime periods, visiting ELCO, the No. 15 seed, shocked the second-seeded Warriors, 5-4, in penalty kicks in the round of 16 of the District 3-AA boys’ soccer playoffs. The Raiders (13-6-1), who beat Lampeter-Strasburg, 3-2, in overtime in a preliminary-round match, will move on to play Pequea Valley in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Susquehannock’s season comes to an end at 14-6.

“We won a couple of games last year with PKs so I guess it’s just things evening out,” said an obviously disappointed Warriors’ coach Brett Maxwell. “The ball just didn’t bounce our way. We created some opportunities, but they guarded well and their goalie made a couple of nice saves.”

The Warriors got first crack in the penalty kicks, but senior Alex Rebich’s attempt deflected off goalie Noah Kline before hitting the right post and bouncing away. That was the edge ELCO needed. Kline gave the Raiders a 1-0 advantage on their first penalty kick.

Susquehannock sophomore Colton Mumley made it 1-1, but Austin Smith quickly gave ELCO its lead back at 2-1. The Warriors’ Duncan Mitchell then made it 2-2, but Bradley Gardner made it 3-2 ELCO on its next try. It was deadlocked at 3-3 when Andrew Renzi scored for the Warriors, but you guessed it, ELCO went up 4-3 on Zachary Swanger’s shot. Junior Luke Thomas evened it up at 4-4, but senior Zachary Smitler scored the game-winner with a shot to the upper left-hand corner of the net that goalie Aaron Bilbie couldn’t reach.

That set off a wild celebration on ELCO’s side of the field and guaranteed their hour and 40-minute ride home from Glen Rock would be a joyous one.

“Twenty years ago, when I was at State College, I was involved in a game like this,” ELCO coach Kirk Keppley. “It’s a horrible situation for everyone, but you need to have a winner so that’s just the way it is. Obviously, they (Susquehannock) being the No. 2 seed, you knew they were going to be good. But I’m not sure we’re really a No. 15 seed either. We just wanted to play good defense and try to keep them in check.”

The Warriors had their chances in regulation, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“We created some opportunities,” Maxwell said. “We just couldn’t finish, and I think maybe a little pressure was building. I felt like we had the upper hand most of the way, but they got a little momentum going and they defended well.”

Last year, Susquehannock made it to the District 3 semifinals before losing to Oley Valley, 1-0, in double overtime. Two years ago, the Warriors got bounced in the first round of districts, as was the case Monday night.

“We played hard. I thought we had a good effort,” Maxwell added. “It was just one of those nights.”

OTHER DISTRICT 3-AA BOYS’ SOCCER

West York 2, Middletown 0: At West York, the Bulldogs moved on behind goals from Josh May and Kenton Meckley. Brett Strickler and Jack Seifarth had assists. Darian McCauley made 13 saves to record the shutout in goal. No. 6 seed West York improved to 13-5-1, while No. 11 seed Middletown finished at 12-7. The Bulldogs will now meet York-Adams Division II rival Gettysburg in Thursday’s quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. at Spring Grove.. Gettysburg downed Boiling Springs on Monday, 4-0. Gettysburg finished second in Division II at 10-2, while West York was 9-3.

Gettysburg 4, Boiling Springs 0: At Gettysburg, the Warriors rolled behind four goals from Adam Yingling. Jonah Waldkoenig, Matt Yingling and Drew Wivell had assists. No. 3 seed Gettysburg improved to 15-4, while No. 14 seed Boiling Springs fell to 7-7-3. Gettysburg will now face West York in Thursday’s quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. at Spring Grove. West York blanked Middletown on Monday, 2-0.

Fleetwood 4, York Suburban 1: At Fleetwood, the Trojans’ season came to a close. Andrei Kin scored for Suburban, off an assist from Michael Peck. Evan Huber had seven saves for No. 12 seed Suburban, which finished at 10-8. No. 5 seed Fleetwood improved to 13-5-1.

Pequea Valley 1, Biglerville 0: At Biglerville, the York-Adams Division III champion Canners were eliminated in a game that went double overtime. No. 7 seed Biglerville finished at 15-6, while No. 10 seed Pequea Valley improved to 13-6-1. Weston Doutrich scored the game’s only goal off an assist from Ethan Hoover.

DISTRICT 3 GIRLS’ SOCCER

Susquehannock 1, Eastern York 0: At Glen Rock, Brooke McGee’s goal in overtime carried the Warriors to victory. Madeline Ketterer provided the assist. Ashley Stone got the shutout in goal, making one save. Hailey Heistand had two saves for Eastern. No. 2 seed Susquehannock improved to 12-4-1, while No. 15 seed Eastern finished at 10-10. Susquehannock will now face No. 7 seed Greencastle (12-4-1) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Spring Grove. Greencastle downed York Suburban on Monday, 2-0.

Greencastle 2, York Suburban 0: At Greencastle, the Trojans’ season ended with a shutout loss. No. 10 seed Suburban finished at 12-8, while No. 7 seed Greencastle improved to 12-4-1. Morgan Taylor and Jillian Duckett each had two saves for Suburban.

Fairfield 1, Biglerville 0: At Fairfield, the fifth-seeded Green Knights prevailed in double overtime to improve to 16-3. Sarah Heinbaugh scored to win the game 1:28 into the second OT. No. 12 seed Biglerville fell to 8-11. Biglerville will now face No. 4 seed Halifax (15-5) in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Halifax at 7 p.m.

Boiling Springs 1, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats lost a heartbreaker in double overtime. Julia Hillary scored the game-winner, off an assist from Kayla Garman. No. 8 seed Northeastern finished at 12-9. No. 9 seed Boiling Springs improved to 13-6.

— Reach George Hammond at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Central York is the No. 1 seed for the upcoming District 3-AAA Boys’ Soccer Tournament.

The Panthers were the only York-Adams League team to earn a top seed on Thursday when the district unveiled its brackets for the boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and field hockey tournaments. Susquehannock captured No. 2 seeds in both boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer in Class AA.

In all, seven local teams made the boys’ soccer field, while 10 qualified in girls’ soccer and six made the cut in field hockey.

Seedings for all three tournaments were based on power ratings.

AAA boys’ soccer: The Panthers, who won the York-Adams League Division I championship with a perfect 12-0-0 record, are 16-1-1 through Wednesday’s games.

The only other York-Adams team to qualify for the 20-team AAA boys’ field was Dallastown (14-3-1), which was seeded No. 6.

Both the Panthers and Wildcats will open district play on Tuesday. Central York will play host to the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 16 Exeter (9-5-3) and No. 17 Central Dauphin East (11-6-1) at 7:30 p.m. Dallastown will play host to No. 11 Central Dauphin (12-5-1) at 7 p.m.

AA boys’ soccer: In AA boys’ soccer, York-Adams Division II champion Susquehannock (13-4-0) earned the No. 2 seed. Four other York-Adams teams also qualified for the AA bracket: No. 3 Gettysburg (13-3-0), No. 6 West York (12-4-1), No. 7 Biglerville (14-4-0) and No. 12 York Suburban (10-7-0). Biglerville is the York-Adams Division III champion.

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All five local teams in the 18-team AA field will open play on Monday. Susquehannock will play host to the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 15 ELCO (11-6-1) and No. 18 Lampeter-Strasburg (4-11-3) at 7 p.m. Gettysburg will welcome No. 14 Boiling Springs (7-6-3) at 7 p.m., West York will play host to No. 11 Middletown (12-6-0) at 4 p.m., Biglerville will welcome No. 10 Pequea Valley (12-5-1) at 6 p.m. and York Suburban will visit No. 5 Fleetwood (12-4-1) at 5 p.m.

The are no York-Adams teams competing in the 12-team Class A boys’ soccer tournament.

AAA girls’ soccer: In AAA girls’ soccer, three York-Adams teams grabbed berths in the 20-team bracket: No. 5 Central York (16-2-0), No. 7 Dallastown (14-3-0) and No. 9 Dover (14-2-0). Central and Dallastown shared the York-Adams Division I title, while Dover shared the Division II crown with Susquehannock.

All three will open play on Tuesday. Central will play host to No. 12 Cedar Cliff (12-5-1) at 5:30 p.m., Dallastown will welcome No. 10 Elizabethtown (14-3-1) at 7 p.m. and Dover will visit No. 8 Red Land (13-5-0) at 4 p.m.

AA girls’ soccer: In AA girls’ soccer, four local teams will compete in the 18-team field, led by Susquehannock (13-3-0), which earned the No. 2 seed, just like the Warrior boys. Northeastern (11-7-0) is No. 8, York Suburban (12-6-0) is No. 10 and Eastern York (9-9-0) is No. 15.

The Golden Knights will play host to No. 18 seed Bishop McDevitt (6-12-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in a play-in game. The winner of that game will travel to Susquehannock at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Also on Monday, Northeastern will play host to No. 9 Boiling Springs (12-6-0) at 7:30 p.m. and York Suburban will travel to No. 7 Greencastle-Antrim (11-4-1) at 7 p.m.

A girls’ soccer: Three York-Adams teams made the 12-team Class A bracket, paced by No. 3 York Catholic (13-2-1), which is coming off a York-Adams Division III championship. Fairfield (15-2-0) is seeded No. 5 and Biglerville (8-10-0) is seeded No. 12. The Green Knights will play host to the Canners at 7 p.m. on Monday in a first-round game. York Catholic won’t play until 4 p.m. Thursday, when it will welcome the winner of Monday’s game between No. 6 Tulpehocken (12-5-1) and No. 11 Lancaster Country Day (11-7-0).

AAA field hockey: York-Adams Division I champion Dallastown (16-2-0) earned the No. 5 seed in AAA field hockey, which features 20 teams, followed by No. 12 Central York (12-5-1) and No. 20 Red Lion (10-7-1).

Red Lion will meet No. 13 Gov. Mifflin (10-7-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Penn Manor in a play-in game. Dallastown and Central York, meanwhile, will face off against each other at 7 p.m. Tuesday at York Suburban.

AA field hockey: Three York-Adams teams made the 20-team AA field hockey bracket: No. 6 Gettysburg (17-1-0), No. 10 Bermudian Springs (16-2-0) and No. 18 Northeastern (8-9-1).

Gettysburg won the York-Adams Division II title, while Bermudian was the Division III champ.

Northeastern has a play-in game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Milton Hershey vs. No. 15 Susquenita (11-7-0). Gettysburg will face to No. 11 Greenwood (13-5-0) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at York Suburban and Bermudian will meet No. 7 Conrad Weiser (14-3-0) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lower Dauphin Middle School.

Go here for the complete pairings.

By DICK VANOLINDA
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Dallastown’s Isabella Nelson, left, and Central York’s Ally McCabe battle for possession during the York-Adams League Girls’ Soccer

Dallastown’s Isabella Nelson, left, and Central York’s Ally McCabe battle for possession during the York-Adams League Girls’ Soccer Tournament championship match at Susquehannock on Thursday. Central won the match, 2-1. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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GLEN ROCK — With one kick, Lynsey Nicholas made a lifetime memory and completed a championship quest for the Central York girls’ soccer team.

Nicholas’ goal with 27:32 to play in the second half proved to be the deciding one as the Panthers edged Dallastown, 2-1, to capture the York-Adams League Tournament title. The match was played at Susquehannock High School.

Zaria Emswiler passed the ball to Nicholas, who was standing near the 18-yard line. The sophomore booted the ball into the net to snap a 1-1 tie

“This is the first one (championship) since 2001,” Central head coach Liz Critchfield said. “That was under Coach Susan Boyle. This is a sweet victory for all of them (the players). We just kept telling them, we have to make history here.”

Nicholas was quick to share the credit on the winning strike.

“It was a beautiful pass from Zaria,” she said. “I was standing wide open on the outside. I turned my body and shot, and it (the ball) hit the back of the net. I was thinking we were tied (1-1), and we needed a goal. I had the perfect opportunity, and it was nice to get it.”

Central goalie Hannah Shade started the winning sequence with a long outlet pass.

“Hannah Shade made a beautiful save in the first half (Shade grabbed a bouncing ball just before it went into the left-hand corner of the net), and she started the second goal for us,” Critchfield said. “She would prefer to be on the field, but I needed her at keeper. She’s been a great kid to coach.”

Shade made five saves during a match when neither defense permitted a lot of scoring opportunities.

Central’s Sheayna Pamplin opened the scoring at 31:03 of the first half on a shot from just inside the 18-yard line.

“I was not expecting that ball to drop into the goal,” Pamplin said. “I’m not sure if it was Erin (Nelson) or Bri (Hackos) who sent me the pass. We really wanted this game. I love Lynsey Nicholas. She’s a big factor for us.”

Dallastown tied the match with 12:04 remaining in the first half on Ali Schick’s header. Natalie Gettle provided the assist on a direct kick from 30 yards.

Central and Dallastown split two matches during the regular season, with the Panthers winning the first one and the Wildcats taking the second match. The teams tied for the York-Adams Division I crown.

“The second time, we went in thinking we beat them the first time, we can do it again,” Nicholas said. “This time, we were more motivated.”

“This was our No. 1 goal,” Pamplin said. “We wanted to win counties.”

Central accomplished its goal by turning back another quality side. Dallastown took two more shots on goal than Central.

“Dallastown is a great team, and Scott Austin did a great job for them,” Critchfield said.

Central’s defenders (Maddy Strine, Ally McCabe, Kennedy Little and Faith Hackard) played all 80 minutes.

“They were just on tonight, and I wanted to keep them in there,” Critchfield said.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Sheayna Pamplin of Central York takes a shot on goal while being covered by Maddy Warrender of Northeastern on Tuesday. Pamplin scored a goal in the

Sheayna Pamplin of Central York takes a shot on goal while being covered by Maddy Warrender of Northeastern on Tuesday. Pamplin scored a goal in the Panthers’ 3-0 victory. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Central York’s Bri Hackos, left, and Elizabeth Bentz of Northeastern go up for the ball in front of the Bobcats goal on Tuesday.

Central York’s Bri Hackos, left, and Elizabeth Bentz of Northeastern go up for the ball in front of the Bobcats goal on Tuesday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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RED LION — Ever since Dallastown knocked off Central York last week to forge a tie for the York-Adams League Division I girls’ soccer title, the Panthers have been looking forward to a rematch.

All that stood between Central and achieving that goal was neighbor and rival Northeastern in the York-Adams League Tournament semifinals at Red Lion’s Horn Field on Tuesday night.

The Panthers dominated play pretty much throughout, outshooting the Bobcats, 14-2. An early goal by Lynsey Nicholas set the tone, while teammates C.J. Dickison and Sheayna Pamplin found the net in the second half to power the Panthers past the Bobcats, 3-0.

Central will face Dallastown, which was a 1-0 winner over Susquehannock in the other semifinal, to decide the league championship at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Susquehannock High School. The Panthers and Wildcats shared the Division I regular-season title with 11-1 marks.

“(Thursday) will be a great chance,” Central coach Liz Critchfield said. “These ladies want to prove that they are one of the best teams in York County this year. Dallastown did a great job, but they’re going to be fired up.”

Dickison, who broke a personal scoreless streak with an unusual goal in the second half to give her team some insurance, doesn’t need any extra motivation when it comes to getting a chance at revenge against the Wildcats.

“To know that we’ll have another opportunity to come around and get another shot at them feels really, really great,” she said. “Hopefully we can just take the momentum from (Tuesday night) and move it on to Thursday.”

While it appeared that the Panthers were in control throughout Tuesday’s victory, Critchfield and her team didn’t want to look past a Bobcat squad that was brimming with confidence after knocking off reigning league champion Dover on Saturday.

“Northeastern is a strong team and we knew (Monday) night when we were practicing that we could not take them light-heartedly,” Critchfield said. “We haven’t been out of the second round of counties in years, probably since 2005.”

Bri Hackos finished with a pair of assists. She helped Nicholas and Dickison on their tallies.

Dickison’s goal was somewhat unusual. She somehow found a way to sneak her attempt past Bobcat goalie Bri Schroter. Schroter, who recorded 11 saves, appeared to have the ball stopped only to see it continue to trickle slowly through her hands and over the goal line.

“Realistically, it was a lot of luck,” Dickison said. “I have no idea. I guess it had just enough spin and power to it to just squeak in under her hands. Like I said, it was really lucky and fortunate that it was able to cross the line.”

Pamplin, who missed on a shot from inside the box earlier in the second half, had no trouble finding the net when given a second chance. The senior buried one from about eight yards out to make it 3-0 and pretty much ice the victory.

Central improved to 17-2, while Northeastern fell to 11-8.

Dallastown win: In Dallastown’s victory over Susquehannock, the Wildcats got a goal from junior Paige Hartman with 49 seconds left to secure the victory.

Natalie Gettle got the assist.

Katie Mattas got the win in goal, but had to make just one save. Ashley Stone made two saves for the Warriors. Dallastown outshot Susquehannock, 3-1, and held a 7-1 edge in corners.

The Wildcats improved to 15-3, while Susquehannock fell to 13-4.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The York-Adams boys’ and girls’ soccer tournaments will kick off on Saturday with eight matches.

The four boys’ quarterfinals will take place at Spring Grove High School and Susquehannock High School.

A doubleheader at Spring Grove will feature Biglerville vs. Gettysburg at 3 p.m., and Susquehannock vs. Spring Grove at 5 p.m.

In a doubleheader at Susquehannock, Dalastown will take on West York at 3 p.m., and Central will go up against Littlestown at 7 p.m.

Central, Susquehannock and Biglerville are the top seeds from their respective divisions, I, II and III.

Meanwhile, the girls’ tournament will get underway with three matches at Dover and one at Susquehannock.

Dallastown will take on Fairfield at 3 p.m. at Dover, followed by York Catholic vs. Susquehannock at 5 p.m. and Dover vs. Northeastern at 7 p.m.

Central will go up against York Suburban at 5 p.m. at Susquehannock.

Dallastown is the top-seeded girls’ team from Division I. The Wildcats, who tied with Central for the division title, earned the No. 1 seed on a tie-breaker.

Dover won a coin flip with Susquehannock to become the No. 1 seeded-team from Division II. The Eagles and Warriors tied for the division title.

York Catholic is the top seed from Division III.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

RED LION — Sometimes it’s definitely better late than never.

That was the case Thursday night when the Dallastown girls’ soccer team battled arch-rival Red Lion at Horn Field in their York-Adams Division I finale.

The Wildcats needed a victory to ensure a share of the division title with Central York, but were foiled time after time by a game Lions squad. Ali Shick had a golden opportunity with three seconds left in regulation but was stopped cold by Red Lion goalie Maddie Kling to preserve a scoreless tie.

After 17 minutes of overtime action, the two clubs remained deadlocked. But just about a half of a minute after a second yellow card put the home team down a player, the Wildcats finally were able to get the goal they sought all night.

Emily Ross crossed a pass for Paige Hartman just outside the box, which the Dallastown forward collected off her chest before dribbling a few steps into the box. Hartman then unleashed a low liner that eluded Kling with 2:38 left on the clock to send the Wildcats to a thrilling 1-0 victory.

“It was definitely looking like a tie that we didn’t want,” Dallastown coach Scott Austin said. “Red Lion, on Senior Night, played a fantastic game. They hunkered down on a 4-5-1 on us. And we had many a good scoring opportunities, but it didn’t happen. But kudos to our girls. They stayed together as a team, they stayed positive and when we stay positive, good things happen.”

For a storied program such as Dallastown, it was a big moment for Hartman and her teammates to gain a share of the division title. It marked the sixth consecutive time the Wildcats (14-4 overall, 11-1 in Division I) have won at least a share of the division title and the ninth in the program’s 19-year history.

“We wanted this so bad,” Hartman said. “We’ve had that title for a while now and we wanted to keep it.”

Despite Dallastown’s best efforts, the Lions were able to play a defensive-oriented game that stymied and frustrated the Wildcats all night. Hartman, however, remained focused on the team’s primary goal of winning the division and wouldn’t be denied when she had the chance.

“It was really tough,” she said. “Red Lion is a really amazing team. But we were just playing our hearts out and are really grateful that we got the win.”

The Wildcats finished with nine shots on goal compared to three for Red Lion, but it appeared as if the contest were destined to remain tied. Shick’s golden chance came when it seemed like the Lion players were getting ready for OT a little prematurely. She collected a loose ball from around the 35 and raced toward the net, getting off a liner that was caught by Kling as the final horn sounded.

“I thought we had it right then,” Austin said. “But, of course, it didn’t happen.”

The visitors had a couple of good opportunities in the first overtime but were unable to take advantage. But when the Lions went down a player with 3:01 left in the second overtime, momentum shifted.

After the home team tried to get the ball deep into Wildcat territory, the visitors were able to move the ball up the sideline before Ross crossed a pass to Hartman for the eventual game-winner.

Shortly after the Wildcat bench emptied onto the field to congratulate Hartman and celebrate another division title.

“We were just over-excited,” Hartman said. “We were after that goal for the entire game and once we got it we were golden. We were all just so happy.”

For the second year in a row, the Wildcats will have to share the title with Central (16-2, 11-1), although Dallastown will earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s league playoffs by virtue of goal differential (3-2) against the Panthers. The two schools split their regular-season matches, with Central winning the first showdown 2-1 while Dallastown claimed the final contest 2-0 on Tuesday.

OTHER GIRLS’ SOCCER

Dover 4, West York 2: At West York, Dover broke a 1-1 tie with three second-half goals to earn a share of the York-Adams Division II title. Both the Eagles and Susquehannock completed the regular season with 11-1-0 records. Brooke Firestone’s unassisted goal at 13:00 of the final half gave Dover the lead for good at 2-1. Rachel Stine and Payton Miller followed with goals for the Eagles at 7:05 and 3:30. Abbey Patterson also had a goal for the winners, and Firestone and Miller supplied assists. Olivia Sollberger contributed a goal and an assist for West York, and Elle Stine and Emily Agnello delivered a goal and an assist, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Gettysburg 1, Kennard-Dale 0: At Gettysburg, Bonita Soliday’s goal at 17:29 of the first half gave the Warriors the victory on Senior Night. Alana Bortner assisted Soliday. Gettysburg goalie Chey Grim made eight saves to earn the shutout, and K-D keeper Kiersten Harmond recorded 11 saves.

York Catholic 4, Delone Catholic 2: At McSherrystown, Elizabeth Johnson led the Irish to the York-Adams Division III victory by recording a hat trick. Teammate Hannah Laslo picked up one assist and made 20 saves in goal to secure the win. York Catholic finished divisional play at 12-0-0.

York Suburban 2, Eastern 0: At York Suburban, Jordan Shoff scored both goals for the Trojans in the York-Adams Division II match. No other details were provided.

BOYS’ SOCCER

York Catholic 2, Delone Catholic 1: At York Catholic, Michael Andrews scored a first-half goal and Nick Bartkowiak connected for a second-half goal to give the Fighting Irish the victory over their parochial school rival. T.J. McGraw assisted Andrews at 17:30, and Alex Lloyd helped on Bartkowiak’s goal at 36:29. Delone’s Camden Nace made things interesting when he scored with 29:03 to play in the match. Both goalies, Luca Grippi of York Catholic and Nick Durski of Delone made four saves.

Spring Grove 2, Northeastern 1 (OT): At Manchester, Darin Gordon’s overtime goal at the 3:51 mark broke a 1-1 tie and clinched the York-Adams Division I victory for the Rockets. Teammate Chase Flickinger scored a second-half goal. For the Bobcats, Hunter Rambeau scored a late second-half goal with 27 seconds left to play to send the match into extra time.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Central York soccer teams earned a pair of shutout victories over Spring Grove on Wednesday.

The Panther boys won at home, 2-0, while the Central girls won at Spring Grove, 5-0.

The Central boys finished off a perfect York-Adams Division I regular season at 12-0-0. The Panther girls finished D-I play at 11-1-0 and clinched at least a tie for the division title. If Dallastown beats rival Red Lion on Thursday, the Panthers and Wildcats will share the division championship.

In the boys’ match, Calvin Luckenbaugh and Igor Gomes each scored one goal, while Michael Tolley and Jared Hileman each picked up one assist. For the Rockets, Dalton Forbes made 10 saves in goal.

In the girls’ match, Bri Hackos scored three goals. Lynsey Nicholas and C.J. Dickison each scored one goal.

OTHER BOYS’ SOCCER

Northeastern 3, New Oxford 2: At New Oxford, in a game from Tuesday, Erich Nagel and Hayden Seifert each had a goal and an assist to lead Northeastern. Cameron Artman had the Bobcats’ other goal. Devin Soop made eight saves to get the win in goal. Luis Partida and Marcos Garcia scored for New Oxford.

 


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