The York Suburban boys' soccer team felt a little shocked following last week's loss to South Western in the opening round of the York-Adams League Tournament.
It marked the Trojans' first defeat of the year.
While Coach Tony Kowalewski said the rest over the past week has been good for his club, his players also had plenty of time to mull over the loss.
"It was upsetting at first, but I told the guys right after the game that we need to get right back into practice working hard," said forward Tanner Martin, who is one of seven Trojans' seniors. "Our season wasn't over. We're going to have districts and hopefully states, so we needed to work hard."
Martin wound up helping No. 2 seed Suburban bounce back Monday night in the District 3-AA Tournament opener against No. 15 seed Susquehannock. The host Trojans came out on top with a 2-0 victory on their home field, but the game was much closer than the final score.
That was to be expected, considering the game marked the third meeting between the teams. Suburban also won each of the previous two meetings by 2-0 margins.
"They've seen us a couple times. We've seen them. They may be looking past us a bit but they didn't," Susquehannock coach Jim Shenk said.
In a back-and-forth first half, Suburban (18-1) got its first goal of the night at the 8:54 mark when junior Jon Allen split two defenders and banged a shot off the right crossbar that deflected into the net.
The Trojans dominated much of the second half until the last 10 minutes, when the Warriors squandered three scoring opportunities to tie the game. Susquehannock's Nathan Bilbie was awarded a direct kick from about 17 yards out following a holding call on Suburban. Bilbie's shot pierced a Trojan line of defenders and had a good chance to go in, but instead hit off the left side of the crossbar and bounced out of bounds.
"It comes down to just clanking one off the post down there," Shenk said. "Six inches and that changes the whole dynamic of this game."
The Warriors (9-10-1) had two corners in the final six minutes of the game but couldn't put a shot on the net.
Martin sealed the win by sending a chip shot over the head of Warriors' keeper Dan Snyder and into the net with 38 seconds left. Snyder finished with 10 saves while Trojans' goalie Ryan Myers made five stops.
Moving on: Suburban will move on to the district quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday to face No. 7 seed Tulpehocken (16-6) at Cedar Crest.
Tulpehocken defeated No. 10 seed Hamburg (14-6) on Monday in a shootout after the teams were tied 1-1 through overtime. Tulpehocken won the bronze in last year's district tournament and went on to finish second in the state tournament.
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