Archive for the ‘Girls’ Soccer’ Category

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT/ 505-5446/@yaiaascores

There aren’t a lot of people outside of Bryan Stephens’ family that he would trust to babysit his three young children.

So it was definitely high praise when the Northeastern athletic director told the crowd at San Carlos Restaurant at Monday’s Quarterback Club of York awards banquet that he would have no qualms allowing Logan Neiman to watch his kids.

But that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those who know Neiman. Stephens referred to the girls’ soccer standout as a ‘role-model’ student-athlete and person. One of the top students academically at Northeastern, Neiman was probably better known for her exploits on the soccer pitch over the past four years. She led the Bobcats all the way to the York-Adams League championship contest this past season.

Just as impressively, however, was another fact that Stephens mentioned before awarding Neiman with a $1,000 scholarship from the QB Club of York.

“She scored more goals this year herself than the entire boys’ soccer team combined,” said Stephens, who happened to coach the Bobcats’ boys’ team.

Neiman and York Catholic’s Maggie Javitt were both honored Monday evening by the QB Club as recipients of scholarships as the top female athletes from their respective schools. The club, which generates the funds for the scholarships through a 5K race on Labor Day in downtown York, also honored the York-Adams League Division I (James Way, York High), Division II (Wes Beans, New Oxford) and Division III (Trevor Hildebrand, Littlestown) Players of the Year in football, as well as this year’s Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship award winner, Erik Ramirez of Central York.

“This is outstanding, especially since my principal and Bryan chose me,” Neiman said. “There are a lot of great girl athletes at Northeastern, and for them to choose me is a great honor.”

Neiman will use the scholarship to help her continue her athletic and scholastic endeavors at Millersville University in the fall. She’s still undecided about her major.

“I’m not real sure,” she said. “One day I want to be a teacher and then another day I want to be something else. So I’ll start out going undecided and see where that takes me.”

Javitt honored: It’s a similar case for Javitt, who finished with an 11-1 record in singles this past season for the Fighting Irish tennis team. Ranked third in her class with a 4.4 grade-point average, Javitt has yet to decide on a school for next year.

“I’m just trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and where I’m going to take the education that York Catholic gave me,” she said.

On the court, Javitt was a leader throughout her four years. She was a member of three York-Adams Division II championship squads. She also competed in league, district and state playoff contests, according to Irish girls’ tennis coach Paige Mundy.

“Maggie has made invaluable contributions to the (York Catholic) program,” Mundy said. “Maggie is the type of player that every coach would desire to be on the court with a match in the balance.”

While the awards were undoubtedly important for everyone that was honored Monday, winning a scholarship from the QB Club of York holds a particularly special place for Javitt.

“It is really amazing,” she said. “My grandfather (Edward Javitt) was a founding member of the club and it just feels like this came full-circle for me. I feel like he gave it to me personally.”

Notes: It was announced at the banquet that Ramirez had come to a final decision on his future college. He’s accepted an offer to continue his football career and education at Princeton University.

“This came down last week,” he said. “Coach said that I had been cleared for admissions and I just decided that Princeton was the place for me to be.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at



Dallastown’s Meagan Newmister (16) is the York-Adams Division I Co-Player of the Year. ( BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

When the York-Adams League girls’ soccer coaches recently voted on the Division I and Division II players of the year, it became clear that offense wasn’t valued any more than defense.

The result was a sharing of the honors in both of the league’s top two divisions.

Dallastown’s Meagan Newmister (17 goals, 10 assists) and Red Lion’s Kylie Strong, a center-midfielder, shared the Division I honors.

In Division II, Dover teammates Maxine Herman (26 goals, 16 assists) and Brooke May, also a center-midfielder, shared the award.

As for Division III, Fairfield’s Hannah Logue took the honor.

Division I: Newmister has always been one of the Wildcats’ best offensive weapons since playing varsity in her freshman year. While she earned first-team all-star honors for Division I the past two years, the Millersville-bound standout made it a goal to earn a higher honor this season.

“This was a goal I set for myself this year,” she said. “The past three years I did get the honor of being an all-star, so I thought that if I could finish it off with a Player of the Year that would be awesome.”

Newmister was also a big help with her leadership. She was a role model for Dallastown’s first-year head coach, Morgan Mickley, whose club shared the Division I title with Central York.

“She was one of the reasons that I was so excited to take over the program,” Mickley said. “Working with her the three years prior (as an assistant coach), I wanted to be a part of her senior year. She’s everything that a coach dreams for.”

For Strong, winning the Player of the Year award was a bit more unexpected. Playing a position that doesn’t always accumulate huge numbers in terms of goals and assists, Strong was a cornerstone that helped the Lions to a third-place finish in Division I with an 11-6-1 record overall.

“I was really honored,” Strong said. “I was so excited, especially coming from Red Lion. It isn’t often that someone gets nominated from Red Lion, so this was just awesome. I remember playing varsity from freshman year and to come all the way to being a senior and being named Player of the Year … I couldn’t really ask for anything more.”

Like Newmister, Strong, a Drexel University recruit, was perhaps the most noticeable leader on her squad, albeit in a little different way.

“I was kind of a loud-mouth,” she said. “I talk a lot. I’m constantly yelling at people, and it’s OK if they yell back at me. So I think it’s really all about communication.”

Division II: Dover dominated the York-Adams League this past year, winning both the Division II and league playoff tournament with an unbeaten record. The fact that two members, such as Herman and May, were honored was not a huge shock to Eagle coach Bret Altimore, although his team wasn’t lacking other candidates, too.

“Both were captains their junior and senior years, and that leadership really helped our team,” said Altimore, whose team finished with a 22-2 record overall. “Brooke was like a huge presence on the field as far as giving instruction. And her experience was tremendous for our three (defensive) backs. We had a freshman to her right and a junior to her left and Brooke really anchored that down.

“When you look Max, you’ll see that she was the all-time leading scorer (93 goals, 71 assists, 257 points) in Dover High School history. The points that she totaled were just amazing, plus she had 71 assists. So her offensive prowess was a huge help to us as well.”

Winning the award was especially sweet for May, a third-generation soccer player in her family. Her father, Mark, won the Player of the Year award as a center-midfielder for Dover back in 1990. Her uncle, Brian, was also a standout who actually played soccer professionally. Then there was her grandfather, Larry, who also played at Dover.

And you can’t forget about her mom, either.

“(My dad) taught me pretty much all of what I know about soccer,” Brooke May said. “He played center defense just like I did. Well, I should say that I played the same position as him. And, as for my mom, well she’s my biggest fan.”

May, who will continue her career next year at Kutztown University, nevertheless was still a bit surprised to be honored by the coaches.

“It is probably one of the proudest moments of my life when I found out,” she said. “Not only is it a great honor, but to be able to follow in father’s footsteps is really special too.”

Herman, who is also a standout girls’ basketball player at Dover, was both humbled and modest about the recognition.

“It made me feel very proud of myself,” said Herman, who will attend Lock Haven University next year. “But not only me individually, but also as a team, because I got there because of all the members of my team.”

Perhaps what was most impressive about Herman’s scoring was her consistency. While the Eagles won the league title the past two years, she also racked up around half of her points as a freshman and sophomore, when her team wasn’t as highly decorated.

Despite that, Herman refused to take complete credit for her historic soccer career at Dover.

“It’s all because of how well we worked together as a team,” she said. “There were no individuals. We were all together and played as a team.”

Dover was also playing for a higher cause this season. One of their teammates, junior Maddie Hill, is battling myelodysplastic syndrome — a blood disorder involving the bone marrow. Hill served as an inspiration for the Eagles’ team.

Division III: Logue, meanwhile, helped lead the Green Knights to a second-place finish in Division III with a 10-2 league mark. Fairfield also advanced to the District 3-A semifinals, where the Knights bowed out to Halifax, to complete the season with a 14-4 record overall.

-- Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x403 / @YAIAAscores

Dover’s Maxine Herman heads the ball toward the goal during the York-Adams League Senior All-Star Girls’ Soccer Game in Spring Grove. Herman’s East team rolled to an 8-0 victory. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —


SPRING GROVE — It may have been a mistake when the York-Adams League girls’ soccer coaches decided to go with an East-West format for this year’s senior all-star contest.

Pairing up seniors from Dallastown, Central York, Northeastern and Dover — four of the top teams throughout the entire league — led to a marked discrepancy on the field Sunday at Spring Grove’s Papermakers Stadium.

The East side had no trouble with the West, building a 6-0 lead by the intermission before cruising to an 8-0 victory.

“I was shocked by that,” Dover’s Maxine Herman said. “I didn’t expect us all to be together again.”

The mixing of rivals, such as Division I’s Dallastown and Central as well as Division II’s Northeastern and Dover, made for some strange bedfellows, on paper. But the truth was that the girls played well together, enjoying the experience.

“I liked it,” Herman said. “I’ve played with a lot of those girls in premier and I enjoyed playing with all of them again.”

It probably was a relief for the Bobcat girls to not have to go up against the three Dover seniors one more time this year.

The Eagles defeated Northeastern four times — twice in the regular season, once in the league playoff finals and again in the District 3 playoffs.

According to Herman, however, it was no cakewalk for her club either.

“It’s hard to beat a team four times,” she said. “Each game got a little harder, especially the (league) championship game. That’s when they changed up and marked us, so that was a tough one.”

Herman was proud of where the Dover program has come over the past two years. The Eagles won the league title a year ago and finished the regular season unbeaten this season, winning the school’s first division title in the process, before advancing all the way to the PIAA state tournament.

“All the accomplishments we made … making it to states, definitely,” Herman said. “That was amazing. We set so many records and just to have a record for (making) states now was a real accomplishment. It means a lot.”

Central York senior Katie Hackos, who will play at Youngstown State next year, enjoyed the day as well.

“This was so much fun,” Hackos said. “It was nice because everyone was just super-strong players.”

The Panthers, who shared the Division I title with the Wildcats with identical 8-1-1 records in the division, were able to finally break through against their rivals this year. Having not beaten Dallastown during Hackos’ first three years, Central was able to end that skid with a thrilling 2-1 triumph in the teams’ last showdown.

“That was just a fantastic feeling beating Dallastown,” Hackos said. “It was awesome. They beat us and we just really wanted to get back at them.”

Northeastern’s Logan Neiman had two goals and an assist to lead the East, while Dallastown’s Meagan Newmister added a goal and an assist. Cassidy Mummert, Lauren Beaver, Herman, Kyle Strong and Taylor Sprenkle had the other goals. Hannah Shade made two saves to record the shutout in goal. Isabel Alvarez had 11 saves for the West.

– Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

WEST CHESTER — The Dover girls’ soccer season came to an end Tuesday night with a 5-1 loss to Downingtown East in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs.

It didn’t take Downingtown East (18-3) long to dispatch of the Eagles (21-2), who were making the program’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament.

Downingtown East senior standout Linnea Faccenda, a recruit of NCAA Division I Duquesne University, scored four of her five goals in the first 18:32 of action to give her team a 4-1 lead at intermission. Faccenda entered the game with 35 goals on the year.

“We knew she (Faccenda) was gonna be tough,” Dover coach Bret Altimore said. “This is the first time we played four (defenders) back. And we did that because of her. And she still did what she did. So you gotta give her so much credit. What an amazing player.”

The Eagles’ lone score before intermission came on a Maxine Herman goal at the 32:21 mark to tie it, 1-1. Herman, one of four Dover seniors, finished her career with 92 goals and 71 assists, Altimore said.

The lopsided score is a bit deceiving, though. Dover controlled possession for much of the game. Downingtown East, the District 2 runner-up, and the Eagles were even in shots on goal (6-6) while Dover had the edge in overall shots (11-9).

“I know this sounds funny. We lost 5-1 but I’m proud of our girls,” Altimore said. “Our girls played a fabulous game. We out-shot the team. We put one in the net. It’s not a big deal. It is what it is. We came up against a great player.”

Downingtown East got most of its scores by dropping in long passes behind Dover’s defense and letting it up to Faccenda to finish the job. Dover went to double- and triple-teams on Faccenda after she scored her second goal, but it didn’t make much difference.

Despite the loss, Dover still made history in many respects this season, winning the program’s first York-Adams League Division II title, second league tournament title and making its first appearance in the District 3-AAA semifinals, where it lost to eventual district champ Cumberland Valley. The Eagles were a perfect 21-0 before dropping their final two games.

“It was a great ride,” Altimore said. “I’m so proud of what they accomplished. They set so many records for the school. This is the furthest any (Dover) team has ever gone.”

– Reach John Walk at

By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

HERSHEY — The best opportunity came with 6 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the first half.

Dover sophomore Payton Miller dribbled down the left sideline with Cumberland Valley senior defender Amy Elgin flanking her all the way. Five yards from the end line, Miller dribbled back to her right and ripped a shot toward the net.

Cumberland Valley freshman goalie Sydney Bruckner dove for the stop, but the ball got past her and rolled into a scrum of players behind her, where Cumberland Valley junior defender Delaney Liu booted the ball away to prevent a Dover score.

“It was phenomenal. If that ball goes in we’re talking a different game right now,” Cumberland Valley coach Seth Lehman said. “Just an excellent play by Delaney.”

A goal there would’ve broken a scoreless tie and put No. 5 seed Dover in front of top-seeded Cumberland Valley. Instead, Cumberland Valley made the stop at the right time and answered less than five minutes later with a score just before halftime.

Cumberland Valley would go on to add a pair of goals late in the second half to emerge with 3-0 victory over Dover in a District 3-AAA girls’ soccer semifinal Tuesday evening at Hersheypark Stadium between two previously unbeaten teams.

Dover (21-1) had a few opportunities to tie it up in the final 13 minutes of action. Senior standout Maxine Herman had her back to the net when she punted a shot backward over her head at the goal with 12:15 left on the clock. Four minutes later, teammate Brooke May put a shot on goal on a direct kick from about 30 yards out. But neither shot had a solid chance at going in.

Running out of time in the closing moments and looking to generate a few more opportunities, Dover coach Bret Altimore moved an extra striker up on offense. Cumberland Valley (21-0) responded with a swarming defense, took possession and dropped mid-field passes behind the Dover defense that led to two scores in the final 7:21 of regulation.

“Well we went to three strikers. We put another girl up top, so that’s gonna leave us a bit more vulnerable in the back. And they took advantage of it,” Altimore said.

Cumberland Valley outshot Dover, 9-4, and owned the advantage in corners, 7-1.

The most successful girls’ soccer program in the 24-year history of the District 3 Tournament, Cumberland Valley is aiming to win its 13th district title.

With Dover’s loss, the York-Adams League has yet to put a team in a district title game.

The York-Adams Division II and league tournament champs, the Eagles still move on to the PIAA Class AAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The top four teams from District 3 earn berths to the state tournament, which begins Nov. 5.

“It’s bittersweet,” Altimore said. “It’s great. We’re there for a reason. I don’t want to go there and say ‘Hey, we were a success because we made it to states.’ We learned a lot from this game on what we need to improve.”

–Reach John Walk at

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x455 / @YAIAAscores

HERSHEY — It looked like a familiar story line for the York Catholic girls’ soccer team during the first 40 minutes of Monday night’s District 3-A semifinal at Hershey High School against Tulpehocken.

It was just a year earlier when the Trojans held the Irish without a shot on goal en route to a semifinal victory.

Over the first half of Monday’s battle, Coach Ryan Luckman’s squad was similarly without a scoring chance. The Irish, however, started to generate some offense after the intermission on a cold autumn night.

First came a shot by Natasha Vadas about 10 minutes into the second half. After another, albeit less dangerous, shot was recorded moments later, it was Vadas who finally broke one through for her club with 12:11 left to tie the contest at 1-1.

York Catholic was riding sky high at that point. But, in a town with a handful of roller-coasters, it didn’t take long for things to fall back to earth.

Just 55 seconds after Vadas evened up the contest, Tulpehocken’s Mariah Troutman cashed in on a prime scoring chance to send the Trojans into the district final after a 2-1 triumph.

“We talked as a quick note as a coaching staff (after Vadas’ goal),” Luckman said. “Do we want to go back to the defensive formation that we normally play and just try to ride it out and see if we can get something or stay aggressive. The fear was that if we stayed aggressive that they were going dominate the midfield and just take it to us the last 12 minutes. But now we look back and we knew the long throw was coming, they got a nice flick on it and unfortunately we just weren’t right next to the girl to make it a more difficult shot. She had time to step into it. That’s a momentum killer.”

Unlike last year, when the Irish rebounded after a 3-0 loss to the Trojans in the semifinals to claim a berth into the PIAA state tournament, only two teams advance to states this season. Thus the Irish’s season is complete after a successful 13-5 mark.

“The girls played great,” Luckman said. “They did everything that was asked, we just lost to a better team today, unfortunately.”

There were some marked differences between the play of the teams this year compared to last. Perhaps the most important of all was 6-foot goalie Hannah Laslo. The Irish standout was tested numerous times by a Trojan attack that peppered 12 shots on goal in addition to probably a dozen or more close calls.

“She made great save after great save,” Luckman said. “The first goal was a little mistake on our part. And the second one, the girl knocked it off the post. There’s world-class keepers that couldn’t stop that. I’m just proud of the way she played.”

Luckman gave credit to Laslo (10 saves) for helping to settle down his young team with a big catch on Tulpehocken’s first corner kick of the night in the 12th minute. The Irish coaches were worried about the Trojans’ corners coming into the contest, especially after Luckman saw them score all three goals on corners in a victory over Camp Hill last Thursday.

“We were very nervous about their corners,” Luckman said. “I think when she caught that first one, that set the tone for the team.”

Another key difference was the ability of the Irish to actually generate offense, which was aided by a shift up from the team’s normal defensive alignment.

“I remember last year at halftime saying ‘let’s get the ball past midfield and see what we can do,'” Luckman said. “In the first half this year, we got a few offensive switches that at least led to a few offensive thrusts.”

The final difference was definitely Vadas’ tally that set off a big celebration on the field for the Irish side. Elizabeth Johnson took advantage of a rare defensive miscue by the Trojans to dribble into the box, where she found Vadas open near the left post.

“The (Tulpehocken) girl misplayed the ball, but Natasha was able to come to the open space on the opposite side of the field where the ball was,” Luckman said.

All it took was one turn back down the field for a quick and potent Trojan side to answer back.

“They got it to the corner and had a cross in,” Laslo said. “It bounced off a couple heads and the girl (Troutman) got a really hard drive into the far post on me. It was a nice shot.”

Troutman earned an assist on her team’s first goal when she set up Alexis Troutman to put the Trojans ahead with 7:30 left in the first half.

Tulpehocken, who will face Halifax in the championship game Thursday, outshot the Irish 12-3 and held a 7-0 edge in corners.


HALIFAX 3, FAIRFIELD 2: At Manchester, Fairfield’s 2013 girls’ soccer season came to an end with a loss to Halifax in a District 3-A semifinal at Northeastern High.

Hannah Logue scored both Fairfield goals, while Sarah Heinbaugh and Annie Roberts provided assists. Katlyn Krietz made 17 saves in a losing cause. Halifax dominated the statistics, outshooting Fairfield, 17-7, while holding a 10-4 edge in penalty corners.

Fairfield, the No. 4 seed, finished at 14-4-0. Halifax (20-0-0), the No. 1 seed, moves on to face No. 2 seed Tulpehocken in the District 3-A title match at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium.

– Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

On paper, all signs pointed to a blowout for Thursday afternoon’s District 3-A girls’ soccer quarterfinal match between No. 3 seed York Catholic and No. 11 Kutztown.

The Irish, this year’s York-Adams League Division III champions, entered with a 12-4 overall record, while Kutztown was five games below .500. Surely York Catholic already had its ticket punched to the district semifinals for the second-straight year, right?

However, the Irish appeared rusty from the start, a sign of not having played a game in 12 days. They scored the game’s first goal 11 minutes, 39 seconds in, but Kutztown quickly answered less than a minute later by tying it up on a corner kick that bent toward the goal, deflected off the hands of goalie Hannah Laslo, and dropped into the back right corner of the net.

“It deflected off (my hand). It could’ve been the wind or my hand, but it kind of just curved in,” Laslo said.

Kutztown kept Catholic on its heels the remainder of the half and went into intermission tied, with Kutztown holding the advantage in shots on goal (5-2) and corners (5-1).

Finally, the Irish came alive after halftime, scoring four goals in the second half en route to a 5-1 victory.

“I think two weeks off is a lot of time to not be playing games,” Irish forward Elizabeth Johnson said. “Just kind of coming out slow and that’s what can happen.”

Plus, Kutztown slowed Catholic by using a man-to-man defense.

“We’ve never been man-marked before,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to turn. When you do try to turn they’re right on your back and it’s very frustrating when you’re trying to score.”

Johnson had no trouble scoring Thursday, notching two of Catholic’s four second-half goals, her last coming when she dribbled down the left sideline, split two defenders and sent a rocket toward the opposite corner of the net with 9:13 to play.

Natasha Vadas notched the first two goals for the Irish. Julia Piff capped off the scoring with 4:45 remaining. Catholic outshot Kutztown in the second half, 9-1. Laslo finished with five saves.

Rematch: Irish coach Ryan Luckman wasn’t available for post-game comments because he immediately left to travel to watch No. 2 Tulpehocken (17-2) host No. 7 Camp Hill (9-10) on Thursday night.

Catholic will face the winner of that game, which ended up being Tulpehocken, 3-0, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hershey High School.

Tulpehocken, defeated the Irish a year ago in the district semis, 3-0, before moving on to win the district title. Tulpehocken (18-2-0 overall) was 9-1 in the Berks League this season, capturing its second-straight division title.

“It’s gonna be a tough game,” Laslo said. “If we come out there and play as hard as we can, we can hang with them.”

Reach John Walk at

By DANIEL PAULLING 854-1575 x455 / @ydsports

The Dover girls’ soccer team received a surprise before Tuesday night’s game against Northeastern.

Junior Maddie Hill, battling leukemia after playing last season, was waiting for her former teammates as they walked onto the field for their District 3-AAA Tournament first-round game. Hill has become a rallying point for the Eagles, who wore T-shirts that read “Play for Hill” on the back.

“I started crying,” senior Maxine Herman said. “We’re happy to see her. It’s a miracle to see her happy.”

The No. 5 Eagles then beat the No. 12 Bobcats, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinal round for the first time in program history. Maddy Miller and Herman scored twice apiece, and Miller and Brooke Firestone each added two assists.

Dover’s victory was its fourth in four games this season against Northeastern (14-5).

“It’s remarkable,” Eagles coach Bret Altimore said. “Northeastern is a phenomenal team. Beating them four times is really impressive for the girls. Keeping your mind in the game, staying motivated, especially with a team you think you should beat, sometimes that doesn’t always happen.”

Miller scored the first goal just 6 minutes, 38 seconds into the game on a shot from about 20 yards out. Herman followed with two goals over the next 17 minutes for a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Firestone scored with 33:22 left in the second half, and Paige Hartman added a goal less than six minutes later. Miller’s second goal of the game gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead with 17:30 left.

Logan Nieman scored Northeastern’s lone goal, which came on an assist by Sawyer Patrick.

Dover’s scoring outburst comes after netting just two goals in last Thursday’s York-Adams League Tournament championship game against the Bobcats. Northeastern had made changes to its defense after being outscored 10-2 in two regular-season meetings.

“We definitely took their changes,” Herman said. “We knew how to beat their changes that they had on Thursday. At practice, we worked around that. We changed our lineup, our formation.”

Added Altimore: “A lot of times, the score … doesn’t tell you what happened. If you look at these games, all four of them, statistically they’re all the same except goals. Finishing today was fantastic.”

The Eagles face No. 4 seed Hershey at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Crest in a quarterfinal contest. Hershey (17-2-0) beat No. 20 Ephrata (11-9-0) on Tuesday, 5-0.

They hope to have Hill in attendance again, but her treatment begins soon. She’ll check into a hospital on Nov. 4 for an intensive eight-day chemotherapy regimen. After a day of rest, her parents said, she’ll receive bone marrow from her younger brother, Travis, who is a freshman on the Eagles’ soccer team. But Hill hopes to continue supporting her team.

“Max and all the other girls are like sisters to me,” she said, emotion coming through in her voice. “They’re like family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. I wouldn’t want to be any other place.”


CENTRAL YORK 3, GOV. MIFFLIN 1: At Shillington, the Panthers scored three goals on just six shots in a District 3-AAA first-round victory. Kelly Williams scored all three Central goals, with two assists from Bri Hackos and one from C.J. Dickison. Hannah Shade made 10 saves in goal to get the win. No. 8 seed Gov. Mifflin outshot No. 9 seed Central, 13-6. Central improved to 16-4-1, while Gov. Mifflin finished at 15-6. Central will now take on No. 1 seed Cumberland Valley (19-0-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. Cumberland Valley beat No. 17 seed Cedar Crest on Tuesday, 1-0.

– Reach Daniel Paulling at

York Dispatch Staff Report 
 It was a tough day for York-Adams League girls’ soccer teams on Monday in District 3 first-round playoff action.

Delone Catholic lost to Lancaster Country Day in a Class A match, 9-1, while York Suburban was blanked at Wyomissing in a Class AA contest, 3-0.

At McSherrystown, the Squirettes were no match for the ninth-seeded visitors. Emily Biesecker scored Delone’s only goal, off an assist from Emily Crawford, to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half. LCD dominated after that. Maddie Pfaff had 11 saves for Delone, which entered as the No. 8 seed. Delone finished at 8-9-1. LCD improved to 10-9-0.

At Wyomissing, Paige Grossman made 17 saves in a losing cause for the Trojans. No. 5 seed Wyomissing had a 20-1 edge in shots and a 10-1 edge in corners. The 12th-seeded Trojans finished the season with a 7-9-2 record. Wyomissing improved to 14-4-2.

COLUMN By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

There are 12 soccer teams from the York-Adams League set to take the pitch in the coming days in District 3 boys’ and girls’ playoff competition.

As a result, it might be a bit overwhelming to keep a tight grasp of what’s going on during the impending wave of playoff match-ups. So here’s an overview of some storylines to watch out for:

Boys’ soccer: On the boys’ side, Central York (19-2) and Biglerville (15-4) are the favorites to make deep postseason runs.

The Canners, the No. 1 seed in Class A, won’t play until Saturday, though, when they’ll host the winner of the game between Mount Calvary Christian (11-3-1) and Camp Hill (9-9).

As for the Panthers, they will host West York (14-4-2) on Tuesday in a first-round Class AAA pairing less than a week after Central beat the Bulldogs in the league title game.

Knocked out in the first round the last few years, the No. 2 seed Panthers are aiming to make it to the district quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. They haven’t ever reached the district semis.

“In years past we weren’t really sure what we were like … maybe win a game or two,” Central coach Frank Lenno said by phone Sunday. “If you look throughout the bracket, we have beaten a bunch of teams who are ranked real high. We just have to make sure we play our game.”


The remaining four boys’ teams — South Western (12-6-1) in Class AAA and Susquehannock (12-5-2), York Suburban (10-5-3) and Northeastern (10-6-2) in Class AA — are seeded eighth or higher, and thus will mostly be playing the role of underdogs.

Girls’ soccer: The same could be said on the girls’ side for Central York (15-4-1), Northeastern (14-4) and York Suburban (7-8-2).

However, Dover (19-0) and York Catholic (12-4) have the potential to come away from the district tournament with some hardware.

The Dover girls will be in a position similar to the Central boys with their first-round Class AAA game this Tuesday. The No. 5 seed Eagles play host to No. 12 seed Northeastern, the same team they beat last week in overtime to win their second-straight league title. It will mark the fourth meeting between the teams this season.

“Beating a team four times in a season is tough because they know you so well and the last time was 2-1 in OT,” Dover coach Bret Altimore said. “We’ll just take it as a separate game and approach.”

Altimore doesn’t have any hard feelings on being seeded fifth in the Class AAA bracket despite having a perfect record. A win Tuesday would put the Eagles in the district quarterfinals for the first time in program history, and they have the makeup to go much further.

The No. 3 seed Irish (12-4) will host the winner of the game between Lancaster County Christian (10-3-2) and Kutztown (6-12) on Thursday in Class A competition. A win there would move the Irish into the district semis for a possible showdown with No. 2 seed Tulpehocken (17-2), the defending district champ who beat York Catholic in last year’s semis, 3-0.

“Hopefully we get there and we can draw on (last year’s loss) a lot,” Irish coach Ryan Luckman said of a possible rematch with Tulpehocken. “I just read something the other day that they have nine starters back from last year. It’s more for us knowing if we can beat them after we lost to them last year.”

– Reach John Walk at