Monday was not the kind of night that the Susquehannock boys’ soccer squad and their head coach, Brett Maxwell, want to endure again.
The Warriors were routed by a formidable Central York team, giving up an uncharacteristic four goals in the first half. To make matters worse, Matthew Ramay, one of the team’s captains, went down with an injury.
So momentum didn’t figure to be in their favor when they battled York-Adams Division II rival West York less than 24 hours later.
Soccer, however, can be a strange sport. Not only did Maxwell’s club overcome Monday’s disappointments, the Warriors found their game, thanks largely to Alex Rebich.
Wearing the captain’s band when his team squared off against the home-standing Bulldogs, Rebich scored a game’s first goal with just 51 seconds left in the opening half.
Rebich capped off a strong performance with another tally, a go-stop-and-shoot laser that eluded West York goalie Darian McCauley’s hands to cap a 3-1 victory.
“I think the team adapted very well,” Rebich said about his squad, which improved to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the division. “Being on grass, normally we play on turf, so it was a bit of an adjustment. We had one of our starters injured in the last game, so we had to make that adjustment as well.”
Rebich made one of the biggest adjustments late in the first half when he was able to race in for a loose ball in the box. The Warrior senior was able to beat McCauley to it and chipped it into the net.
“I just saw it squirt out,” he said. “I had to run at it and just hit it with everything I could. I kind of just threw myself at it.”
Big goals are nothing new for Rebich. Maxwell has seen quite a few of them over the past few years, and the coach feels like bigger things could be in store for his gifted senior.
“He’s just at another level this year,” said Maxwell, who previously coached the boys’ program at West York. “He’s gotten really strong and (has displayed) just some really good decision making. Some of the areas that he lacked last year, he’s taken steps to improve upon this year.”
Rebich’s late goal in the first half seemed to halt the momentum of West York. The home club appeared to carry the better of the play throughout much of the opening 40 minutes but couldn’t get anything past the Warrior defense.
Maxwell can’t admit to being too surprised with how his team rebounded against a rival.
“Getting spanked by Central when we really just came out flat … we’ve had some disappointing games,” Maxwell said. “But every time we seem to bounce back. I didn’t know exactly what to expect today after (Monday’s) performance, but we really bounced back strong.”
Susquehannock doubled the lead early in the second half when Nick Umezawa scored with 31:40 left, but the two-goal lead didn’t last long. The Bulldogs needed just 63 seconds to answer back when Brett Strickler laced a shot past Warrior goalie Aaron Bilbie.
“That two-goal lead is the most dangerous,” Maxwell joked.
Fortunately for the Warrior skipper, Rebich had one more goal in his pocket. The senior raced in toward the goal inside the box, stopped and ripped a ‘goal-scorers’ shot past McCauley with 11:57 remaining.
“Left foot, too,” Maxwell said. “A huge goal for us.”
And one that will no doubt help the Warriors put the dismay of Monday’s performance behind them.
Spring Grove 3, New Oxford 2: At New Oxford, Dakota Parker scored the game-winning goal with 1:32 remaining. Chase Flickinger picked up the assist. Flickinger also scored a second-half goal.
Bermudian Springs 2, York Catholic 1: At York Catholic, Samuel Johnson and Ricardo Alvarez scored goals to lead Bermudian. Alvarez also had an assist. York Catholic scored on a Bermudian own goal.
Central York 3, Red Lion 0: Central York opened the scoring with a first-half penalty kick by Michael Tolley. Igor Gomes and Carter Luckenbaugh each notched a score after halftime. Panthers’ goalie Trevor Holderegger made two saves. Brock Gould had five stops in goal for Red Lion.
Dallastown 6, Northeastern 1: At Northeastern, Luke Nelson recorded a hat trick for the visiting Wildcats. Kyle Schimmel, Nate Schwartz and Nikos Dalaperas also provided goals for Dallastown, which broke open a 2-1 game with four second-half scores. Northeastern’s D.J. Hamilton opened the scoring at 16:53 of the first half on an assist from Colton Strausbaugh.
Gettysburg 4, York Suburban 1: At Gettysburg, the Warriors rolled to the win. No other details were provided.
Dover 2, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Eagles threw a shutout. Matt Speir and Nick Spangler had the goals.
Dallastown 2, Northeastern 1: At Dallastown, Northeastern grabbed the lead on Coryn Moyer’s goal in the first three minutes of the match, but the Wildcats responded with a goal in the first half and another goal in the second half. Dallastown’s Izzy Nelson tied the match at 30:15 of the opening half on an assist from Ali Shick. Shick then did the honors on the game-winning goal with 14:15 remaining in the second half. The Wildcats’ defense held the visitors to two shots.
Susquehannock 3, West York 0: The host Warriors went up by a score in the first half when Melissa Lynch found Brooke McGee for a goal. Rachel Miller tallied both scores in the second half, the latter on an assist from Madeline Ketterer. Bulldogs’ goalie Aubry Runkle collected eight saves. In JV action, Susquehannock won, 4-1.
Central York 4, Red Lion 0: At Central, Sheyna Pamplin had two goals to lead the Panthers. Kennedy Little and Julz Price also scored. Madisen Kling had 10 saves in a losing effort.
York Catholic 4, Bermudian Springs 2: At York Springs, Elizabeth Johnson scored three goals to lead the Irish. Melanie Mathews also scored for Catholic, while Johnson added an assist.
Spring Grove 3, New Oxford 2: At Spring Grove, Megan Messersmith, Abby Erlemier and Jessica Culp each scored for the Rockets.
York Suburban 3, Gettysburg 1: At York Suburban, Jordan Shoff scored the first and last goals for the Trojans, and Taylor Smallwood connected for the third goal. Kelly Hendricks gave Gettysburg a 1-0 lead with a goal at 28:20 of the first half, but Suburban’s defense shut down the Warriors down the rest of the way.
Dover 3, Eastern 1: At Dover, Abby Patterson scored two goals to key the Eagles’ victory. Brooke Firestone delivered Dover’s third goal. Brittany Heistand scored for Eastern.
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