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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.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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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
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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.

 

By JOHN WALK
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The Susquehannock girls’ soccer team entered Tuesday’s road game at Dover sitting atop York-Adams Division II with an unblemished league record.

All the Warriors had to do was win Tuesday’s matchup and they would be division champions for the first time in years. It seemed a likely accomplishment, considering the last time Dover and Susquehannock met earlier this season, the Warriors came out on top, 3-0.

Dover, the defending Division II champions, had different plans. The Eagles were aggressive from the start, scoring their first goal 17 minutes into the game, their second goal three minutes later and added their third score just before halftime. Dover didn’t let up the relentless attack in the second half, either, coming away with a 3-0 victory over visiting Susquehannock.

The Warriors dropped to 11-1 in Division II competition in their final league match of the season. Dover, meanwhile, improved to 10-1 in Division II. Should Dover beat West York on Thursday, the Eagles can clinch a share of the Division II crown with Susquehannock.

The Warriors (13-3 overall) last won a Division II title in 2006. Dover (13-2 overall) won last year’s division crown for the first time in program history.

“I knew as soon as we came out we wanted this win really bad,” Dover junior attack Brooke Firestone said afterwards. “As a team we came together and pushed until the end.”

Firestone was responsible for Dover’s first score and had an assist to teammate Kaylynn Warner for the second score. Abby Patterson had the Eagles’ third score off of a corner kick with 8:13 remaining in the first half. Dover had double the amount of shots on goal (8-4) and corner kicks (4-2) against Susquehannock. Warriors’ goalie Ashley Stone made six stops and Dover keeper Tori Wantz had four saves.

Reversal: So how did Dover go from losing 3-0 to Susquehannock the first time they played this year to now beating the Warriors by three goals?

“We played kick ball last time and they’re really fast and it’s hard to play kick ball when they’re fast,” Firestone said. “We played feet this time. It seems simple, but last time it didn’t go our way.”

For non-soccer aficionados, Firestone explained a little further what it means to play feet.

“Instead of just kicking it and chasing the ball, just play simple to feet and as someone (a teammate) runs, you play (or pass) it right to their feet,” she said.

Both teams were also without some key players on Tuesday, with Susquehannock missing three starters and Dover having lost scoring threat Maddie Miller to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago — although the coaches on both sides downplayed that factor.

With the York-Adams League Tournament set to start Saturday, Susquehannock coach Pat Brubaker is hoping Tuesday’s loss will actually do some good for his squad.

“We had won 11 in a row and we hadn’t trailed at any point in those 11 games,” Brubaker said. “So you get a little … I don’t want to say complacent, but we haven’t had some real adversity in awhile. Getting it here I’d much rather take it. I don’t like to lose, but losing today before we enter our postseason tournaments hopefully wakes us up a little bit and gets us a little more focused.”

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Dallastown’s Sierra Austin, left and Carsyn Gold and Lydia Gladfelter of Central York go up for the ball in front of the Panthers’ goal on

Dallastown’s Sierra Austin, left and Carsyn Gold and Lydia Gladfelter of Central York go up for the ball in front of the Panthers’ goal on Tuesday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Dallastown’s Emily Ross (9) hugs teammate Paige Hartman after she scores the Wildcats’ second goal against Central York on Tuesday. Dallastown

Dallastown’s Emily Ross (9) hugs teammate Paige Hartman after she scores the Wildcats’ second goal against Central York on Tuesday. Dallastown won the game 2-0. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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DALLASTOWN — Sometimes there are silver linings, even in defeat.

Like the one that the Dallastown girls’ soccer team discovered late in a loss to York-Adams Division I leader Central York a few weeks ago.

Wildcat coach Scott Austin changed up his formation late in that setback to the Panthers, going from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2. While that adjustment didn’t pay immediate dividends in that contest, it did set the stage for Tuesday night’s showdown under the lights at Wildcat Stadium.

The home team dominated play throughout much of the contest against a Central side that was riding a 15-game winning streak. The Wildcats tilted the field heavily in their favor and took advantage of an early scoring chance when Skyler Wilt buried a shot into the cage midway through the first half.

The Panthers never were able to get into any type of groove and were limited to just three shots and two corners for the contest. The result was a 2-0 triumph for Dallastown, pulling the Wildcats (13-4 overall, 10-1 Division I) into a tie atop the division standings with Central (15-2, 10-1) with just one contest remaining for each team.

The genesis of the Dallastown domination was bred in the second half of the Panthers’ 2-1 triumph earlier in the campaign. It was something that Austin and his team could hang their hats on as a positive from that defeat and the move proved effective again Tuesday.

“The last 15 minutes of that game we realized that we could dominate them with a 4-4-2,” Austin said. “So we practiced that and were able to play that throughout the entire duration of (Tuesday’s) game. And obviously you saw the outcome of that.”

It was a complete reversal from the first showdown.

“(The 2-1 loss) was disappointing,” Austin said. “I honestly thought that they outplayed us and we walked in a little flat to that game. But when I saw what we did after we changed formations, we were looking forward to coming back.”

Wilt gave her team the jolt it needed when she collected a semi-clear inside the box after a Dallastown corner. The Wildcat sophomore laced a rocket past Central goalie Hannah Shade to make it 1-0.

“We started her out at forward, but what I found is that she can dominate at inside-mid,” Austin said. “We kind of play her back as that attacking mid and she’s done a fantastic job for us. She broke it open early for us.”

Wildcat goalie Katie Mattas was rarely tested in recording yet another shutout for her side. For the season, Mattas has allowed just six goals total in 17 contests. The Dallastown defense has remained stout all season.

“Six goals for the entire season,” Austin said. “So, yeah, I’m very happy with my defense and my keeper. And the midfield dominates the game and we just get the ball to the forwards and they create some magic for us.”

While Austin was riding a high after an important victory for his side, the mood was understandably different down the sideline. Central coach Liz Critchfield was left wondering where the team that was riding a long winning streak went at the opening whistle.

“My team did not, for some reason, in that first half, did not play like they have,” she said. “But Dallastown played a great game tonight. There’s no doubt about it. But mentally we just need to know that we’re a better team (than that) and that we can dominate.”

Paige Hartman scored the only other goal of the night early in the second half for the Wildcats. Natalie Gettle heaved a throw-in from the far side that found Hartman in the box for the easy marker.

OTHER GIRLS’ SOCCER

York Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: York Catholic claimed the outright York-Adams Division III title with the home victory. The Irish rolled to 3-0 wins in both match-ups with Fairfield this season. And just like the first meeting, Lizzie Johnson again scored two goals to lead York Catholic (11-0 division, 12-2-1 overall) to victory. She also had an assist on Lisa Casagrande’s goal that opened the scoring in the first half. Teammate Hannah Laslo made eight saves in goal. Fairfield keeper Katlyn Krietz had 10 stops. It was York Catholic’s second straight D-III crown.

Eastern 3, Gettysburg 1: At Wrightsville, Gettysburg’s Alana Bortner scored the first goal of the match at 28:11 of the opening half, but Eastern’s Ashley Dietz answered with two first-half goals to push the Golden Knights in front for good. Hannah Myers assisted on Dietz’s goal at 25:23 and Allison Schaefer helped on Dietz’s goal at 20:05. The Golden Knights’ Kaitlin Bompiani converted a penalty kick in the second half to complete the scoring. Eastern goalie Hailey Heistand stopped six Gettysburg shots.

West York 2, Kennard-Dale 0: Emily Agnello had a first-half goal on an assist from McKenzie Gerrick before teammate Olivia Sollberger knocked in goal in the second half to steer the visiting Bulldogs to the win. Aubrey Runkle made two saves in goal for West York. K-D keeper Kiersten Harmon had nine stops.

Red Lion 3, South Western 1: The host Mustangs outshot the visiting Lions, 17-7, but Red Lion still managed to come away with the victory. Red Lion goalie Maddie Kling tallied 16 saves in the win. Teammate Heather Jackson had a pair of scores. Lauren Gough accounted for South Western’s lone goal.

Northeastern 4, New Oxford 0: Brittany Arentz and Sawyer Patrick each had a pair of goals to help the host Bobcats get the victory. Arentz also had two assists while Patrick had one assist. Northeastern goalie Brenna Schroter made two saves.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

BOYS’ SOCCER

Susquehannock 3, Biglerville 1: At Biglerville, Andrew Sweigard scored two goals for Susquehannock in the crossover match. After Susquehannock’s Nick Umezawa tied the contest at one with a goal at 20:55 of the second half, Sweigard snapped the tie by scoring with 7:55 remaining in the second half. Sweigard added an insurance goal at 5:35. Antonio Salazar gave Biglerville a 1-0 lead when he converted Carlos Esquivias’ pass into a goal at 11;46 of the first half. Warriors’ goalie Aaron Bilbie recorded three saves, and Biglerville keeper Yovan Garcia made two saves. Both teams are now 12-4-0.

Waynesboro 4, Spring Grove 1: At Spring Grove, the Rockets trailed 2-1 at the half and were unable to recover, dropping the non-league match. Dakota Parker scored the lone goal for the Rockets, while Chase Flickinger added the assist.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Susquehannock 3, Biglerville 1: At Glen Rock, Brooke McGee scored two first-half goals to lead the Warriors to the non-divisional York-Adams League victory. Also for the Warriors, Maddy Mummert scored one goal, while Ashley Valway and Nicole Michels each picked up one assist. Susquehannock improved to 13-2-0.

Cedar Cliff 3, Red Lion 1: At Cedar Cliff, Heather Jackson’s penalty kick goal at 84th minute of the second half was the lone goal for the Lions in the non-league match.


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