RED LION -- Tuesday's match-up felt like night and day from the last time Dallastown and Red Lion squared off earlier this month.
On the grass at Dallastown back on Sept. 3, the Wildcats came out on top with a 1-0 victory over the Lions in the York-Adams League Division I opener for both clubs. The slow pace of that game, perhaps caused by the Dallastown grass, played into the Wildcats' favor. And it was a bit sloppy, which wasn't a surprise given the early-season jitters.
The top two field hockey teams in Division I have since improved, although Red Lion coach Carol Gillmen said Tuesday she would've liked to see more out of her team. The Lions took advantage of their home turf at Horn Field by starting fast and getting a goal from senior standout Ali Posey just 23 seconds into the contest to take a one-score advantage. However, that ended up being the only highlight of the afternoon for the Lions, who wouldn't get another shot on goal until the final 2:45 of the game.
Dallastown later responded with two goals in the final 17:07 of the first half to take the lead into intermission. Senior Molly Childress knocked in the Wildcats' third goal with 21 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the second half to seal Dallastown's 3-1 win.
The Childress score came just minutes after she re-entered the contest after being issued a two-minute penalty for tripping, her first penalty of the season.
"I feel like when people frustrate me, that just builds me more and I just go," Childress said. "I'm just like, 'Get out of my way.'"
Red Lion (8-2 overall, 6-2 division) could've forced a tie atop Division I with a win, but instead remains in second place behind Dallastown (10-1, 8-0). The Wildcats have now won five straight games against Red Lion dating back to last season, which includes last year's league tournament title game. The two rivals could meet again in this season's league tournament next month.
"It means a lot because we're rivals with them," Childress said of the win. "And if we can shut them down on turf, it means that we're a great team."
Childress said the Wildcats added a Sunday practice, which isn't typical for the team, to prepare for the Lions. But her squad was still a bit stunned in the opening minutes.
"When they scored the first goal we were like, 'what just happened?' We weren't ready for that quickness right away off the bat," she said. "Then we focused more."
Rachael Anstine put Dallastown on the board on an assist from Childress at the 17:07 mark of the first half. Bryna Cook gave the Wildcats their first lead six minutes later on an assist from Ashley Chioda.
With a minute before intermission, Gillmen pulled her starting senior goalkeeper, Jackie Charlton, who had stopped two of Dallastown's four shots in the first half. Backup Jenna Everett (three saves) stayed in the rest of the way, but it didn't make much of a difference.
For the game, Dallastown outshot Red Lion, 8-4, and had nine penalty corners to Red Lion's two. Dallastown senior goalie Niki Bream made two saves.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
SUSQUEHANNOCK 4, YORK SUBURBAN 0: At Glen Rock, Taylor Mumley led the Warriors, scoring one goal and adding one assist. Warriors goalie Ashton Alban made five stops to secure the shutout. Susquehannock improved to 5-0-0 in York-Adams Division II.
WEST YORK 6, EASTERN YORK 0: At West York, Megan Chubb had two goals to power the Bulldogs. Ally Williams, Madison Wampler, Alexis Harnett and Kasey Miner added one goal each. Eastern goalie Gabby Graham had seven saves.
HANOVER 7, FAIRFIELD 3: At Hanover, Emily Small, Hannah Markle and Renee Eisenberg each scored two goals to lead Hanover. Erika Nordberg had two goals and an assist in a losing cause. Ashley Small made 19 saves for Fairfield. Hanover won the JV match, 2-0.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 5, BIGLERVILLE 4: At York Springs, Katie Johnston (two goals) and Shannon Kuhn (goal, two assists) led the Eagles to the come-from-behind win. Katie Camara (three goals) and Rachel Asper (goal, two assists) paced the Canners. Bermudian improved to 5-0-0 in York-Adams Division III, while Biglerville fell to 3-2-0.
LITTLESTOWN 3, DELONE CATHOLIC 0: At Littlestown, Karissa O'Conner had a goal and two assists to lead the Lady Bolts. Julie Noel had 18 saves in a losing cause.
NEW OXFORD 1, SPRING GROVE 0: At Spring Grove, Bre Sauter scored the game's only goal. Spring Grove won the JV match, 1-0.
SOUTH WESTERN 1, DOVER 0: At Hanover, the Mustangs won in overtime on Montana Utz's goal with 12 minutes left. Dover goalie Jennifer Strickhouser had 13 saves.
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