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.
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