The game-winning play included a series of events, but they seemed to happen in just seconds on Thursday evening at West York.
With the clock nearing the five-minute mark in the first overtime period against Susquehannock, West York senior Samara Chisolm picked up the ball after it went out of bounds near midfield. Making an in-bounds throw, Chisolm quickly launched the ball down along the left sideline toward the Susquehannock goal, dropping it just over the head of a Susquehannock defender and at the feet of her sprinting teammate, Shyanne Kimbrough.
The senior forward took the in-bounds pass roughly 20 yards out from the net, dribbled up and sent a shot to the left side of the goal past the arms of diving goalkeeper Ashley Stone.
"(The defender) turned around and the ball bounced over her head and I just took it and went in for the goal," Kimbrough said.
The score gave West York a 1-0 win over the Warriors and sealed up the York-Adams League Division II title for the Bulldogs (10-1-1) for the fourth straight year.
Physical game: The final play capped off a back-and-forth physical contest.
"It was an emotional game and we knew the winning team likely wasn't going to be the most-skilled team," Susquehannock coach Brett Maxwell said. "It's going to come down to who came out and battled for the 50-50 balls and created some things."
The Warriors (9-3) put just one shot on goal in the second half but had a couple other attempts go wide of the net. West York had four shots in the second half on Stone, who made a total of nine saves. The Warriors' defense did a good job of containing Kimbrough, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, who couldn't capitalize on the few opportunities she had to score.
"Like most teams in York County, (Susquehannock) doubled her and tried not to let her turn the ball when she received it," West York coach Sarah Waybright said. "I think in second half they just dominated play more."
High expectations: Waybright, a 2003 West York grad, served as an assistant coach the last six years before taking over the head coaching reins this season. She replaced Maxwell, who coached the Bulldogs for four seasons before departing to coach his alma mater.
"I know that as a new coach there is always a lot of anxiety about living up to the expectations," Waybright said. "Coming in there were three division titles before me. There was a lot of pressure to come in and get this."
Maxwell turned around a program that went 5-3-2 in league play last year to finish second in the division this season. Although he preferred a victory Thursday, he's still glad to see his old program doing well.
"Obviously we want to win and I got to take care of this program first," Maxwell said. "But if anybody is gonna beat us I'm glad it's them."
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
SOUTH WESTERN 5, CENTRAL YORK 3: At Hanover, the Mustangs clinched a spot in the York-Adams League Tournament with the win. South Western finished in third place in Division I at 5-4-1 (16 points), jumping ahead of Red Lion (4-3-3, 15 points). Central finished second in the division at 6-3-1. Only the top three teams in the division advanced to the playoffs, which start Saturday. Amy Spigelmyer had two goals and two assists for the winners. Lauren Gough also scored twice for the winners. Sam Sweeney scored all three Central goals. Jacey Shipley had five saves to get the win in goal. Alex Wright had 10 saves in a losing cause.
YORK CATHOLIC 6, HANOVER 0: At York Catholic, Kathleen Johnson scored twice for the Fighting Irish, who took 20 shots while preventing Hanover from attempting a single shot on goal. Elizabeth Johnson, Anna Mucci, Grace Kieber and Lisa Casagrande also had goals. York Catholic finished the regular season at 10-2 in Division III and 11-5 overall.
DALLASTOWN 6, NORTHEASTERN 0: At Dallastown, Alaina Curry led the Wildcats to the non-divisional victory by scoring three goals. Alexandra Brunell scored two goals, Brittany Temple picked two assists, Kristen Thomas scored one goal, while Ali Shick, Jenna Zager, Meagan Newmister and Brittany Gurerri each picked up one assist. The Wildcats' defense held the visitors to three shots on goal.
DOVER 6, YORK SUB URBAN 1: At Suburban, the Eagles cruised to the easy win. Dover improved to 8-4-0 to finish third in York-Adams Division II. Suburban finished 5-6-1 in the division. No other details were available.
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.